Three officers with the Bono Regional Police Command have been interdicted for allegedly murdering a suspect in Police Custody, and secretly buried him like a chicken.
Chief Inspector Eric Aforo, station officer at Seikwa Police, and accomplices, General Corporal Williams Akussumg and General Constable Ebenezer Akuffo, allegedly brutalized Abu Bukari Bahala to death and then secretly buried him.
Bahla’s body was reportedly wrapped in a polythene bag and dumped into an unmarked grave.
“We have information that the man was brutalized by the police and buried secretly so upon the instructions of the Regional Police Command, those who are alleged to have taken part in this heinous crime have been sent to Sunyani,” the Bono Regional Crime Officer Supt Kennedy Adusei is reported as saying.
The interdiction, according to Supt Adusei, is a directive from the headquarters as part of the investigation processes, reports Accra-based Joy FM.
“So far, investigations are ongoing. For now, as part of measures from our superiors at the National Headquarters, we have asked the officers to step aside and this we term as interdiction, so they cooperate fully with our investigations,” he added.
The trio was stationed at the Seikwa Police station in whose custody the 48-year-old Bahla, a farmer, had been kept for allegedly vandalizing the windscreen of the vehicle of a bank manager.
The alleged Police murder is said to have been discovered by Bahla’s family when they paid him a visit at the station and were tipped off that the Police had beaten him to death and secretly buried him.
It is not clear what the plan was but apparently, the cops had intended to later declare that he had broken out of jail and fled.
However, after hearing the news, the family demanded that the Police exhume the body. They were soon joined by the youth of the town who had massed up at the Police station for a possible mob showdown.
The Police were forced to exhume the body, upon which it was discovered that the victim’s body had been wrapped in a polythene bag like a piece of chicken and buried in an unmarked grave by the three conspirators.
The story has shocked the nation and led to demands that the Bank Manager who was the complainant in the case that sent Bahla to cells should also be interrogated.