IGP Mohammed Alhassan
Corporal Bernard Frimpong, the policeman who allegedly opened fire in the banking hall of the Derby Avenue branch of CAL Bank, injuring three persons last Saturday, has been arrested by the police.
Information gathered by DAILY GUIDE yesterday indicated that suspect Frimpong had been detained pending investigations by the Accra Regional Police Command and the Police Intelligence and Professional Standards Bureau (PIPS).
Corporal Frimpong was attached to the Striking Force Unit of the Accra Central District Police and assigned to guard the bank.
DSP Freeman Tetteh, the Public Relations Officer, told the media that PIPS was conducting investigations into the conduct of the police officer, while the Regional Command was investigating the criminal aspect of the case.
He said preliminary investigations revealed that there was negligence and recklessness on the part of the police officer thus, causing unlawful harm to the three innocent persons.
?The Regional Command has requested for the CCTV camera installed in the bank for study since that is the key to ascertain the truth,? he asserted.
DSP Freeman Tetteh said Nathanial Nortey, a customer with whom the police officer had a disagreement which resulted in the shooting, would also be investigated.
?The police will investigate Mr. Nortey to find out if he was a customer or he came to the bank for another purpose,? he posited.
The Police Public Relations Officer said statements had been taken from the three injured persons as well as some of the key bank officials.
Giving an account of what occurred at the Bank that fateful day, Nathanial Nortey said he initially had a confrontation with the policeman after he (Nortey) had parked his vehicle before entering the banking hall.
?The policeman approached me in a shop close to the bank and asked me to move my car from the bank?s parking space because I was not a customer of the bank,? Mr. Nortey narrated.
He said later when he entered the bank, one of the private security men on duty signaled the policeman to question me if I was a customer.
He said the police officer, who was angry because of his initial confrontation with him, forced him out of the banking hall but he resisted since he was also a customer who was there to make some payments.
?In the process, the police officer slapped me and so I returned the slap.
?Then he pulled out his gun and started firing in the banking hall. He was actually trying to shoot at my leg, but fortunately for me, he couldn?t get it. So it was a bullet that strayed; the shell got into my leg,?? he narrated further.
The three persons who were also waiting for their turn to be served were hit by the bullets.
By Linda Tenyah