IGP Bodyguard Walks A Free Man


The personal bodyguard of the Inspector General of Police (IGP), John Kudalor, has reportedly shot and killed a man at Alajo, an Accra suburb.

The incident was said to have occurred in the early hours of Friday at the Alajo flats being occupied by officials of the National Security.

The bodyguard, Sergeant Karim Mohammed, allegedly shot the man in the eye, saying he did that in self-defence.

Sergeant Karim, according to reports, is walking a free man; he has not been arrested by the Kotobabi police who are investigating the matter.

Personnel at the Kotobabi Police Station were tight-lipped when DAILY GUIDE contacted them, for fear of being transferred. According to reports,   they had been warned not to comment on the issue else they would be transferred to another area by the Police Administration which is said to be covering up the incident.

However, Supt Cephas Arthur, police spokesperson, denied that the killer cop was being protected.

According to him, Sgt Karim was detained overnight when the incident occurred and was only granted bail the following morning. But sources at the police station said the cop was never detained.

Toyota Corolla

DAILY GUIDE gathered that Sergeant Karim Mohammed, who owns a Toyota Corolla, recently detected that thieves had broken into his car, making away with his power window rollers.

He then decided to guard his vehicle each night by sleeping inside it.

Reports indicate that Thursday night while Sergeant Karim was lying inside the vehicle, he spotted somebody drawing closer to it and came out to approach the person.

The reports claimed that Sergeant Karim reportedly said the deceased pulled a knife at him, knowing very well he (Karim) was holding a gun.

Sergeant Karim said the suspect attempted to attack him and so he shot him in the eye twice in self-defence. He died instantly.

The vehicle was later driven to the Kotobabi Police Station for safekeeping but Sergeant Karim was reportedly let off the hook.

Code Of Conduct

The Service instruction book for personnel, spotted by DAILY GUIDE, states that  the use of firearms by “a police officer is justified in resorting to the use of firearms when attacked by an armed criminal, his life is immediately in danger and all other means of  defending himself have proved ineffective.”

It said when firearms are used, firing shall be confined to the minimum number of rounds necessary to restore the situation, to effect the required arrest or to prevent the escape of the felon, or to effectively protect the police officer concerned from death or dangerous harm.

According to sources, the killer cop might have taken the path of shooting in anger over his stolen items; and there are speculations that the victim might not necessarily have been any threat to the IGP’s bodyguard before he pulled the trigger.


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