Police Commander interdicted over lashing of boy, 14

| Updated Jul 26, 2018 at 11:34am


14-year-old class 6 pupil seen with marks of the physical assault at his back.


The Inspector-General of police has ordered the immediate interdiction of the District Police Commander of Sefwi Akontombra, DSP/Mr. Dickson Obeng for ordering his men to assault a 14-year old primary school boy at Sefwi Akontombra in the Western Region.

A statement signed Wednesday by the Director-General of the Public Affairs Department of the Ghana Police Service, ACP David Eklu, said the IGP has also directed the Police Commander for the region to constitute a team to probe the matter and present a report in two weeks.

The boy, who is a pupil of St. James Anglican Primary school in the Sefwi Akontombra District of the Western Region, was left with bruises after allegedly receiving 19 lashes in his palm and back.

According to reports, the boy was caught fighting with his colleague after school, which they were ordered to stop but the said boy was said to have put up unruly behaviour.

The District Commander, DSP Dickson Obeng, who felt the boy’s stubbornness ought to be exorcised, ordered some police officers to discipline him by way of lashing.

The action comes on the back of recent reports about police brutality and high-handedness on civilians.

The IGP who is not impressed by the action of the District Commander wants the case investigated.