The Women Caucus of the Parliament of Ghana has resolved to seek for justice for the woman who was severely brutalized at the banking hall of the Shiashie branch of the Midland Savings and Loans by a Policeman on duty at the said bank on Thursday, July 19, 2018.
The Policeman has since been identified as Lance Corporal Frederick Amanor while the victim has also been identified as Patience Osafo.
Reading a statement on behalf of the 37-member women MPs on the floor of Parliament, Monday, July 23, 2018, Hon. Sarah Adwoa Safo said the Women Caucus of Parliament “condemns the action of the Police officer involved”.
“We wish to also register our disappointment in the staff and by standers at the branch of Midland Savings and Loans Company at the Shiashie whose actions and inactions propelled the action. The Caucus calls for justice for the woman. The Caucus joins all well-meaning Ghanaians to support any sanctions the Police Administration will take against the Police officer and the employee to serve as a deterrent to other recalcitrant officers. Above all, we call for investigations which should be transparent to the public to ensure that the officer faces the full rigours of the law”.
The Policeman who allegedly assaulted the said customer of the Midland Savings and Loans in a banking hall has been arrested on the orders of the Inspector General of Police.
The police officer is currently being held at the Police Headquarters assisting investigations.
There has been public outrage after footage of the said Police officer in uniform beating to pulp the helpless nursing mother emerged on social media platforms.
The 1:26 seconds amateur video shows the officer, who had a gun with him, hitting the woman on the head repeatedly and slapping her at a point, despite a desperate attempt by an unidentified man to separate them.
The woman was seen shouting amidst desperate attempt to free herself from the grips of the officer.
Meanwhile, the Management of Midland Savings and Loans has condemned the assault of the customer by the Police officer.
In a statement issued by the Bank after the incident said the case has been reported to the police to get justice for the customer. The bank has also suspended the staff that were on standby during the incident.
Commenting further, Hon. Adwoa Safo said the action of the police officer is “ill-reconcilable with our democratic values, respect for human rights, and human dignity and in our resolve as a country we need to ensure that the rule of law reigns supreme in potential conflict situations no matter the provocation”.
“In many of our discourse on development, microfinance or savings and loans companies have become a symbol of compassion for women to empower them economically in many developing countries including Ghana. It is very unfortunate that this incident attempts to depict that symbol in a manner that is not compassionate and a disregard of the plight of our women who are vulnerable in society and in all infringes on womanhood”, she stated.
Contributing to the statement, the MP for Hohoe, Dr. Bernice Heloo, called on the Minister of Health to take the matter and critically look into the health of the victim. She also called for full scale investigations into the matter and cautioned that “this should be the last time a woman should be subjected to such brutalities”.