10:25, 23.Jul 2018
Chairperson of the Women Caucus in Parliament, Sarah Adwoa Safo, has urged the police and Attorney General's department to ensure that all those found culpable in the case in which a female customer of Midland Savings and Loans was assaulted, are punished accordingly.
The victim, Patience Osafo, was ruthlessly assaulted by Frederick Amanor also known as Skalla, while holding a baby.
She had insisted on withdrawing a sum of GHS270 from the facility as her previous attempt to withdraw the money days back had failed due to a network challenge.
The officer who was serving as a security at the financial institution was called to escort her out but ended up beating her in the process.
Commenting on the issue on Monday, 23 July 2018, the Deputy Majority Leader expressed her disappointment in workers of the financial institution for failing to aid the victim who was battered and severely beaten for demanding her withdrawal of GHS 270.
The caucus also urged the Ministry of Gender, Children and Social Protection to take up the medical bills of the victim.
Ranking Member of Parliament's Gender and Children Committee, Hajia Laadi Ayamba in contribution, also accused the police administration of not doing enough due diligence before recruiting Fredrick Amanor into the service.
She added that the police officer should not walk free.
Meanwhile, the police officer is expected to appear in court for the misconduct.
President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has also said he will support any measure taken by the Inspector General of Police (IGP) to punish Skalla.
Speaking at the Nalerigu palace of the Overlord of Mamprugu, during his tour of the northern part of the country, Nana Akufo-Addo said: “Yesterday, we had some very bad news in Accra – police beating up a woman who had gone to get money at the Midland Loans and Savings Company. I want to say here: policemen are meant to protect citizens and not to assault citizens.”
“The measures that the IGP has taken to sanction the erring policeman and to make sure these don’t happen again, have my complete support. I support 100 per cent the measures he has taken so that we can stop these incidents from proliferating.”