A Chinese man has allegedly shot and wounded an eight-year-old boy at Kwahu Apradang in the Eastern Region. The incident is said to have created some tension among the residents.
According to police reports, the incident reportedly occurred on Wednesday January 12, 2022 while the victim, identified as Kwasi Mireku, was playing with his friends.
The suspect has only been identified as ‘Soldier.’
Narrating the incident to the media, the mother of the victim, Sarah Pedikan, disclosed that she was working in her backyard farm when she heard the noise of gunshot. In a state of panic, she asked the children to quickly leave the place.
Mrs Pedikan added that not long afterwards, some friends of Kwasi rushed to announce that he had been shot.
“I asked my son what happened, and he told me he was going to pick water from the room, but when I confronted the Chinese, he told me that my son was rather entering uninvited to his [Chinese] room,” she narrated.
However, angry residents believed that the Chinese shot the eight-year old boy on purpose, adding that this was not the first time Chinese nationals in the area had attacked a local.
The timely intervention of the Nkwakaw Divisional Police Command helped save the suspect from being lynched as the residents besieged his house amid threats to set it on fire.
They have, however, threatened reprisal attacks should such an incident re-occur.
The Divisional Police Commander, ACP Kofi Adu, has therefore urged calm among the residents as they begin investigations into the matter.
Kwasi, who is also in a critical condition, is undergoing treatment at the Nkawkaw Holy Family Hospital.
Meanwhile, the Ghana Police Service has interdicted an errant police officer seen in seemingly drunken state.
Police report revealed a video of the policeman who placed his head on his legs at a point stood up staggering towards a direction. His movement suggested that he was drunk.
“A man who watched the police officer walking away said in Akan that ‘this is a police officer of the Ghana Police Service drunk”, report stated.
“The said officer has been identified, and in line with Police regulations, he had interdicted to make way for investigation into his conduct,” the Police statement signed by the Director-General of the Public Affairs Unit of the Ghana Police Service, ACP Kwesi Ofori, indicated.
The statement said a clinical psychologist had been detailed “to evaluate him and offer him the necessary support.”
The said police officer will also be referred to a Police Medical Board, which will review his case and render support towards his rehabilitation where necessary.
His suitability or otherwise in the Service, according to the statement, will depend upon the outcome of the investigations and the Medical Board’s recommendation.