Ejura District Police was over powered by some irate youth of Ejura last Thursday when they besieged the station to register their displeasure at what they suspected to be a ‘shielding of suspect’ by the police.
Numbering about 200, the youth who were said to be from Ashakoko, a suburb of Ejura, went to the District Police station with tones of stones and sticks, each displaying a red band either on the head, hand or leg.
The irate youth who were believed to be families and friends of some three students of Ejura Islamic Senior High school who were hit by a Nissan Navara Pick up vehicle, did not only vandalise some parts of the police station, but also took away three tricycles which were supposed to be used as exhibits by the police in other cases.
Eyewitnesses told Today that the deceased students were part of a group of four female students returning from school to their homes when a Nissan Navara pickup heading towards Sunyani from Atebubu lost control and ran over them near the Ejura Agriculture School at about 1:15 PM on Tuesday March 13, 2018.
However, what the irate youth could not understand was the detention of the suspect driver in their custody, hence his inability to visit the bereaved families.
They therefore besieged the police station ordering the police personnel to release the suspect.
“From what I saw, they would have killed him instantly if the police had released him to them because they were very angry. It shows that they had planned to kill him too if he had gone to their house to apologise”, the eyewitness told this reporter on phone.
Even though the Ejura Divisional Police Commander, Chief Supt Richard Kumeko said the youth were protesting over what they believed to be an attempt by police to shield the suspect driver, he denied any attempt by the police to do that, saying “why would we shield a suspect, we are only doing our work and we must also protect human lives”.
“They threw the stones at the personnel and vandalized some louvre blades at the charge office and other room while singing war songs”, he said.
The attack on the police station reignites the alarming rate of breakdown of law and order in the country.
Story: James APPIAKORANG Jr, Kumasi, A/R