Islamic SHS protest: Police used pepper spray after students pelted them with stones

Islamic SHS protest: Police used pepper spray after students pelted them with stones
Islamic SHS protest: Police used pepper spray after students pelted them with stones

A release from the Ghana Police Service has indicated that, the police officers resorted to the use of pepper spray and warning shots after the students pelted them with stones.

This release was a follow up of an earlier release from the Ghana Police Service, after a disturbance in the Islamic SHS, Abrepo.

The release, signed by Grace Ansah-Akrofi (Chief Superintendent of Police – Director of Public Affairs) indicated that, the police used the pepper spray and fired warning shots in an attempt to disperse the students.

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Students and police officers rashed to hospital after disturbances at Islamic SHS, Abrepo

The students of the Islamic SHS, Abrepo-Kumasi in the Ashanti took to the street on Monday, June 13, 2022 to demonstrate against frequent motor traffic accidents in front of their school.

The students were said to have blocked sections of the road during the demonstration.

The release further described the manner in which the police handled the incident as poor and fell short of the standards of operating procedure on crowd control, even though nobody was hit by a bullet.

The Deputy Police Commander, DCOO/Mr. Kwasi Akomea-Apraku (acting as Regional Commander) has been removed from his position and interdicted. Two other officers, ACP/Mr. George Ankomah (Regional Operations Officer) and ACP/Mr. Alex Cudjoe Acquah (Suame Divisional Police Commander) have also been interdicted to make way for a thorough investigation into the incident.

A full-scale investigation has been commenced by the Police Professional Standards Bureau (PPSB) into the conduct of the officers who were responsible for the police response.

A team of police personnels, lead by the Inspector-General of Police (IGP), Dr. George Akuffo Dampare met with the school authorities and visited students who had been sent to Suntreso Government Hospital, Kwadaso Hospital and Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital for medical attention.

The release also added that, some students and police officers who sustained minor injuries and were taken to the hospital have been treated and discharged.

Source: Coverghana.com.gh

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