Customers of the Shiashie branch of the Midland Savings and Loans have been left stranded as the branch closed temporarily on Monday, July 23, 2018, due to the incidence of police brutality on a female customer last Thursday.
As at 8:30 am on Monday; the first working day after the video of the brutality went viral, the premise had been closed with a notice of closure pasted in front of the bank.
The notice read: “Dear all, please note that our banking hall shall not open today 23rd July 2018 for business. We shall open for business from 24th July 2018. Sorry for any inconvenience caused you”.
These came to light during a visit by PrimeNewsGhana on Monday to ascertain the situation after the police brutality on Madam Patience Sarfo by a policeman, Lance Corporal Frederick Amanor, aka Skalla.
There was no official to talk to at the time of the visit as none of the workers were on duty.
Some of the customers who spoke to PrimeNewsGhana said they had no information of the closure today that was why they trooped there for their monies.
Frederick Amanor, popularly known as Skalla was seen in the video punching and slapping the woman, Patience Osafo, who had gone to the bank to withdraw her savings.
President Akufo-Addo has backed measures taken by the Inspector General of Police (IGP), David Asante Apeatu to sanction the police officer who assaulted a woman at the Shiashie branch of Midland Savings and Loans in Accra on Thursday.
"Policemen are meant to protect citizens not to assault citizens. So, the measures that the IGP is taking to sanction the erring policemen and to try and make sure that these things don’t happen again, they have my complete support. I support 100 percent the measures that he has taken so that we can stop these incidents from proliferating" President Akufo-Addo said.
The policeman whose assault of the customer of the financial institution went viral on Friday has been interdicted by the police administration for investigation and awaiting possible prosecution.