Ghana: Man dies in police custody

Fingerprint Softwareoriginally by: VibeGhana
22nd January 2011

The family of a 27-year-old truck pusher, Richard Kwabena Boakye of Dome, a suburb of Accra, is crying foul for the death of their son at the Madina police cells. The deceased, according to the family, was arrested on Sunday, January 9, 2011 around 8:30pm, together with two others, Emmanuel Darko and Mazu Seidu, for dealing in Indian hemp.

According to sources, the deceased also owns a provisions store within the Madina market, and so opens the shop after retiring from the truck pushing business during the day.

Narrating the incident to DAILY GUIDE, the elder sister of the deceased, Emelia Marfo, indicated that the police personnel from the Madina police station, led by one Victor, stormed the market place around 8:30pm to make an arrest of people they suspected to be dealing in Indian hemp.

She noted that Richard Boakye and friends had prepared their evening meal and were ready to eat when the police arrested them. “When the police got to their area, Victor requested that he smells the suspects hands to find out if they were part of those smoking the Indian hemp, which they obliged,” she added.

She maintained that Richard Boakye was in his kiosk by then and when he came out, the police mistakenly identified him as Kwabena Amedeka and requested that he goes with them to the station.

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