A Ghanaian citizen,Kwabena Badu, who’s the head of the Owuahene Royal Family of Boadi in the Ashanti Region, has sued the Ghana Police Service for alleged assault by some of its personnel.
According to a report by Citi News, the plaintiff wants a compensation of GH¢500,000 for the alleged manhandling that left him with some injuries.
The supposed victim said he filed a petition at the Police Intelligence Professional Standard Bureau of the Ghana Police Service to look into the matter but did not receive the needed attention.
He siad this compelled him to seek redress in court where he believes justice will prevail.
According to the plaintiff, he was arrested by some police officers on November 19, 2021, over a longstanding land dispute between his family and some other chiefs in the Ashanti Region.
He claims that he was physically assaulted by the officers while they were escorting to the Manhyia police station.
Kwabena Badu said the police also failed to charge him or take his caution statement but kept him in cells for hours.
He claims the unpleasant experience affected his health.
“I got to the office in the morning only to meet the police at the premises. I told them I was not well and that they should give me time to prepare and go with them. But they didn’t listen to any of that and instead took me into their vehicle.
“They assaulted me on our way to the police station. My wife wanted to come along but they refused. I sustained some injuries on various parts of my body. My statement was not taken and I was detained.
I took the matter to the Police Intelligence Professional Standards Bureau for action, but nothing was done about it,” Kwabena Badu said.
“I instructed my lawyers to follow up on the matter so that I get compensated for what they have done to me.”
The plaintiff’s lawyer, Nana Kwasi Osei Bonsu, said, “I am seeking compensation of a substantial amount for my client and also seeking a perpetual restraining order restraining those police officers who were involved in the alleged arrest since his rights were violated.”