We would have been killed by police if not for BNI-Driver arrested for attacking police reveals


The driver who together with his mate assaulted a police officer and arrested few weeks ago, has his expressed gratitude to the Bureau of National Investigations (BNI) for rescuing them from the torture they went through in the hands of the anti-robbery unit of the police service.

Speaking in an exclusive interview with Nyankonton Mu Nsem on Rainbow Radio 87.5Fm, Francis Buabeng said he would have been dead if not for the timely intervention of the BNI.

According to him, he and his mate were subjected to severe torture and inhuman treatment by police personnel who are paid to protect Ghanaians, maintain law and order.

He said, I will ask Ghanaians to help me express my gratitude to the BNI. They saved us from torture and a possible death. We were beaten mercilessly by the anti-robbery unit at the police headquarters. They did not spare us. We nearly died at the police headquarters.”

The Weija Circuit Court on Friday granted bail to the “Trotro” driver and his mate who allegedly assaulted a police officer.

A team of lawyers led by Martin Kpebu in Court argued that their clients were safe only if removed from the custody of the police.

They told the court the two Francis Buabeng,26yrs, Albert Ansah,33yrs, had been brutalized by policemen since they were remanded in the custody of the police till April 1.

Mr Kpedu disclosed that the head of the Criminal Investigations Department (CID) intervened and moved the two to a BNI facility.

There was no representation by the police or state prosecutors even though the lawyers said they had served the Attorney General’s office and the police with notices of the application for bail.

The two, however, have been granted bail to the tune of 10,000 cedis each with two sureties.

The case has also been adjourned to April 1, 2019.

Background
On March 14, 2019, the driver and mate engaged in a fisticuff with a police officer, Constable Julius Mawuli Ekpe. The incident went viral after a video footage was uploaded on social media.

The police officer had chased down the driver and his mate using a motorbike after they allegedly tried to escape arrest for an alleged road indiscipline. They were apprehended and put before court four days later.

The accused have been charged with conspiracy to commit crime, causing unlawful damage and causing obstruction and insecurity to other road users. They have both pleaded not guilty to all the charges.

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