8 arrested for attacking Mankessim Police station

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Eight persons believed to be behind an attack on the Mankessim Police Station have been arrested by the Central Regional Police Command.

Speaking at a press conference in Cape Coast on Thursday , DCOP Paul Manly Awini, explained that on Tuesday night at about 8:30pm, the snap check team at Ekumfi Abor stopped a taxi driver, but the driver refused to stop and drove off  in the process, nearly knocking down a police officer who dived into a nearby bush.

The police mounted a chase to apprehend the driver.

DSP Awini said after all the occupants of the taxi had escaped, the taxi driver was arrested.

Minutes later, a group of men numbering about fifty with cutlasses, knives and stones, attacked the police personnel on duty at the station and destroyed plastic chairs, mirrors, wooden benches among other things.

Two police officers, Emmanuel Assan and Emmanuel Adjei were assaulted by the mob.

Reinforcement was quickly deployed to salvage the situation, DCOP Awini indicated.

However, the Police has managed to arrested eight of the suspected attackers.

According to DCOP Awini, a team of police officers  moved from Cape Coast on Thursday numbering about 120 to Ekumfi Eyisam, based on intelligence gathered, and subsequently arrested the 8 suspects.

Those arrested are Iddrisu Ibrahim, the taxi driver, Kwesi Sagoe  35 years ,Kojo Mpraim 46 ,Samuel Opoku 37 years, Kofi Boateng, Patrick Sagoe, Kwesi Amoah, Danso Bernard and Razark Kassim, 40.

He also indicated that efforts are underway to arrest a few more people who are  believed to be behind the attack on the Mankessim Police Station.

The Regional Police Commander cautioned the public to desist from attacking the police, adding that anyone who commits a crime will be pursued and brought to book.

He appealed to the general public to assist the police to arrest other suspects who are at large.

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