Police officers banned for secretly burying man who died in custody
The Bono Regional Police Command has interdicted three officers at the
The trio has been identified as Chief Inspector Eric Aforo, station officer at
Seikwa Police, and two other officers namely General Corporal Williams
Akussumg and General Constable Ebenezer Akuffo.
“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
disclosed in a radio interview.
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The interdiction, according to Supt Adusei, is a directive from the
headquarters as part of investigation processes.
“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 deceased was a 48-year-old farmer called Abu Bukari Bahala who was
detained for allegedly vandalizing a bank manager’s windscreen.
The family said during one of their visits, they were informed that the police
had allegedly beaten up the suspect to death and secretly buried him.
Upon the tip-off, the family said they requested the police to exhume the
body which they have since done.
The body of the deceased was said to have been covered in black
polythene before it was buried.
This was after the youth of the town stormed at the police station to
demand for their family member.
Meanwhile, a family member of the deceased, Mr Abdul Raman,
had served notice through Adom News that they were going to ensure that
the issue is dealt with to its logical conclusion.