Police arrest officer who assaulted a woman in banking hall

By Clement Edward Kumsah
Police

The Accra Police Command has arrested the police officer who assaulted a woman at the banking hall of a Midland Savings and Loans branch in Accra.

The embattled police officer has been placed behind bars, following the instruction of the Inspector General of Police,  David Asante Apeatu.

The Director General of Police Public Affairs, ACP David Eklu who made this known said the officer was stationed at the police headquarters and that, the IGP issued the order immediately after watching the video of the incident, which has gone viral.

It was reported that the woman got to the bank late and the Police officer asked her to leave and come back the next day but the woman refused and said she needs to be served because she needs some money from her account.

In the video, the Police officer, identified as Frederick Amanor Skalla, is seen ferociously hitting the helpless woman with an umbrella repeatedly and slapping her in the face.

Another man is seen trying to pull the woman away from the armed policeman, but the woman is adamant as she also hits back at the officer. The man, however, manages to take the baby from the woman while the officer slaps her some more and finally drags her out of the banking hall.

The Police Service has launched investigations into the brutalities, officials have confirmed.

However, Midland Savings and Loans has also reported the case to the police. Management of the financial institution has condemned the brutality which was “meted out to a customer."

A statement issued by the management of Midland confirmed that the incident took place at one of their branches. It also condemned in no uncertain terms the act of brutality meted out to the customer.

"We wish to render an unqualified apology to the customer in question and the general public for the uncivilized act," the statement said.

"We have reported the matter to the police for the necessary action to be taken to ensure our client gets justice.

"We want to assure the public that we are an institution that really cares about the welfare and safety of our customers".

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