Ashanti Police under criticism for its posture in handling Krofrom protests

The Ashanti regional Police command has come under intense criticism for its posture in the handling of the violent demonstrations by aggrieved residents of Krofrom.

The residents were demonstrating against the police for allegedly brutalizing a resident to death, as well as a medical report exonerating the police officers alleged to have committed the crime.

The latest to express an opinion on the matter is Dean of the Central University Law School, Prof. Ken Attafuah. In an exclusive interview with 3News, the human rights expert noted; “though the police has the foremost duty to promote law and order, that duty is to be performed within the rule of law.”

In his opinion, although the Ashanti Police Command is trying hard to maintain law and order, it’s throwing caution to the wind by over-reacting to the legitimate expression of doubt by the Krofrom youth and residents.

The regional Police Commander, DCOP Kofi Boakye has accused some groups including the media of fueling the violent protests that erupted in the area.

He maintained that as a result of the unfortunate incident, some interest groups have been instigating the Krofrom youth. He further alleged that some journalists have accused the police of conniving with health authorities to doctor the autopsy report.

Mincing no words, the Regional Commander said anybody who thought of the Police along those lines is “not a right thinking person”

The Ashanti regional Police Chief also served notice of the Police’s readiness to deal drastically with any resident who dares to take the law into his own hands.

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Meanwhile, Member of Parliament for Manhyia North, Collins Owusu Amankwah is disputing the autopsy report from the Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital that said the 22-year-old man died naturally.

“When the incident happened, there where eyewitnesses on the ground, most of whom testified that the young man was brutalized by the police officers on duty,” he said.

The family say they will address the media to state their official position after the one-week celebration of the death Richmond Osei, one week celebration on the deceased.

There is currently an uneasy calm in the town, a suburb in the Ashanti regional Capital.

Story by Mercy C. Adjabeng & Solomon Mensah/3FM/