Ablekuma shooter thrown into custody
A National Security Operative, Collins Kwaaku, has been remanded into police custody for using an offensive weapon and causing unlawful harm to one Rashid Oman, a National Democratic Congress (NDC) sympathiser, Pius Asiedu, a journalist with Global News Watch, and Nickson Awuni, a police officer with the rank of Inspector.
Mr Kwaaku, who bears National Security staff number, GH/POL/19/325, was arraigned on Thursday, December 17, 2020 before an Accra Circuit Court, presided over by His Honour Mr Emmanuel Essandoh, for the above offenses, but pleaded not guilty to all counts.
According to the brief facts, as read in court by the prosecutor, Inspector Eric Pobee, the accused person indiscriminately fired a gun at the Ablekuma Central collation centre and wounded the three individuals mentioned above.
The prosecutor quoted the accused as saying during interrogation that he was compelled to fire the gun when he saw an attempt by someone to pull a taser on him. The prosecution said the accused person’s unlawful act resulted in the victims being hospitalised at the Korle Bu Teaching Hospital due to various degrees of injuries they sustained.
Fizial Cissie, counsel for the accused, pleaded with the court to grant his client bail, since he was gainfully employed and had a permanent place of abode at Lartebiokoshie in the Greater Accra Region.
Counsel further argued that his client was also a victim of the incident that took place at the collation centre, and that he was struck with a cement block and was currently receiving treatment at the Korle Bu Teaching Hospital.
The defence counsel further contended that the accused person was on official duty, and that the weapon he held that day belonged to the state.
He also prayed the court to consider the condition of his client, who had his hand bandaged, and grant him bail.
His Honour Mr Emmanuel Essandoh, however, refused the bail application, saying the victims were still on admission at the hospital, and as a result, remanded the accused person into custody for one week.