The victim of the shooting incident at the Moree tollbooth in the Central Region, says her three children who were in the car when a police officer fired at them, have been left severely traumatized.
According to the woman who was injured by the shot fired by Lance Corporal Richard Kwakye, the three children get scared anytime they see Police officers.
Recounting the incident on that fateful Sunday, she said the police officer wanted to handcuff them after the shooting, but for the timely intervention of passers.
The woman, who sustained a deep cut on her thigh from broken glass from the car, has been treated and discharged.
She expressed mixed feelings about the handling of the near-fatal incident by the police.
She, however, said DCOP Paul Awini, the Central Regional Police Commander has exhibited the best professionalism since the case was reported.
Narrating the incident occurred to Citi News’ Central Regional Correspondent, Calvis Tetteh, she said they were headed to Mankessim from a church service in Cape Coast on that Sunday.
She said upon reaching the Moree tollbooth, the husband took out 50 GHC to pay for the toll fee of 50 pesewas, but the toll booth attendant insisted on a smaller denomination.
She said her husband decided to park and look for a small change to pay the toll, since there were other cars behind them, only for them to hear the sound of the gunshot fired at their vehicle.
“We thank God for being alive because we were a family of five in the vehicle as at the time. My two-year-old daughter shouted Jesus, and that is what saved us” she recounted.
She added that passersby almost lynched the Police Officer.
She is, however, calling for justice to prevail in the matter, adding that the entire family is traumatized.
According to her, the Central Regional Police Command has also taken the responsibility of fixing their damaged saloon car for them.
When reached out for comment on the state of the police officer in question, the Central Regional Police said the matter is still under investigation.
It is thus unclear whether the said officer has been suspended yet.
The Ghana Police Service has been severely criticized for several unprofessional acts, that have in some cases led to loss of human lives and/or left some citizens maimed.
Restructuring of Police training curriculum long overdue – Kwesi Aning
Security Analyst, Dr. Kwesi Aning, has supported calls for the redesign of the training curriculum for police recruits into the Ghana Police Service.
According to him, such a restructuring to equip police personnel to offer effective services is long overdue.
He commented on a suggestion by DSP Kartey Otumi, the Eastern Regional Operations Commander of the Ghana Police Service.
DSP Kartey Otumi said the six-month training programme for police recruits is not enough to ensure professionalism and discipline.
By: Calvis Tetteh | citinewsroom.com | Ghana