The Weija Circuit Court in Accra has on Friday granted bail to a commercial bus driver and his conductor who were captured on video assaulting a police officer.
This is after a team of six lawyers led by Martin Kpebu pleaded with the court to grant the release of the suspects to allow them to seek medical care after being assaulted in custody.
One of the lawyers, Xavier Sosu told Kasapa News that the suspects are currently in BNI custody where lawyers are processing the bail granted them to ensure their release.
“We are hopeful that the two will be released today, we’ve already spoken to the Investigator, as soon as we secure the bail order we’ll go round with the investigator. The sureties are also available, their family members and GPRTU officials are ready to put up their properties as sureties to ensure their release.”
Prosecuting, Chief Inspector George Gohoho said the policeman was attached to the Visibility Unit of the Accra Regional Police Command and was on duty on the Kasoa-Mallam road to maintain law and order on the road on March 14, 2019.
While on duty, Buabeng, who was driving a Sprinter bus, with registration number AW 855-14, parked his vehicle in the middle of the road and was loading, which obstructed other road users.
The policeman approached the accused persons to move the vehicle to allow for the free flow of the traffic, but they failed to take the advice.
Subsequently, a motorbike hit a private vehicle, after which the driver of the Sprinter bus drove off, while Constable Ekpe, who was riding a motorbike, gave him a chase and finally caught up with him at the Mallam Junction Bus Stop.
The two men then pounced on the complainant and started beating him mercilessly.
The assault was captured on video by a bystander who is yet to be identified, after which the video went viral on various social media platforms.
Constable Ekpe’s uniform was torn by the accused persons, who abandoned their vehicle in the middle of the road at the Mallam Junction and fled.
A report was made to the Odorkor Police and the vehicle was towed to the police station and impounded.
The two men were subsequently arrested.