The video of a police officer molesting and brutalising a woman carrying a toddler is nauseating, the Gender, Children and Social Protection Minister has observed.
The uniformed police officer with gun was seen in the video mercilessly punching the face of the woman with a two months old baby who had gone to the Midland Savings and Loans to withdraw money on Thursday.
The video has attracted the attention of the Interior Minister with the Inspector General of Police ordering for the arrest of the police officer identified as Fredrick Amanor.
“The content of this video is very heart-rending and nauseating,” the Gender Minister said in a statement on Friday after the video had gone viral on social media.
The statement signed by the sector Minister, Otiko Afisah Djaba said, “The Ministry cannot fathom what crime the mother could have committed to warrant the violent and vicious attack by this officer of the law.”
The minister also found the attitude of persons who were at the banking hall but failed to restrain the “deranged” policeman “most disturbing”.
“The Ministry is concerned about the rising incidence of violence affecting vulnerable members of the Ghanaian society like women, girls, children, the poor and the disabled,” she said.
The woman, Patience Sarfo, told TV3 she had spent days trying to withdraw 270 cedis from the savings and loan company to take care of her sick grandchild without success until Thursday when she insisted of not leaving the banking hall.
She said she was at the premises of the Shiashe head office of the Midland Savings and Loans around 7am Thursday and refused to leave the hall even after 4pm when the company closed without being able to access her own money.
The police officer was instructed by the company to drive her away but her resistance infuriated the officer who ended up brutalising her.
Ironically officials of the company gave the woman her money after the assault on her.
Meanwhile, the police on Friday evening issued a statement saying the issue is being investigated.
“It is our expectation that this behavior will be dealt with in consonance with the laws of Ghana, and the sanctions announced publicly to serve as a deterrence to other rogue policemen,” Otiko Afisah Djaba demanded.
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By Isaac Essel | 3news.com | Ghana
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