Go to CHRAJ- Human Rights advocate tells families of two slain cops


A human rights advocate with the Commonwealth Human Rights Initiative is asking families of two police officers who were shot dead in 2013 to pursue the cause of justice at the Commission of Human Rights and Administrative Justice (CHRAJ).

Mina Mensah is convinced CHRAJ would be the appropriate platform for the two families to seek justice.

Lance Corporals Francis Appiah and Emmanuel Tetteh were mistaken for armed robbers and gunned down by the Winneba police patrol team in 2013.

Shortly after the incident, the Inspector General of Police Mohammed Alhassan promised his outfit was going to investigate the matter, provide compensation to the bereaved families and also punish the officers responsible for the shooting if they were found to have breached the rules of engagement.

He also promised that his outfit will take a second look at the training regime in order to avert such unfortunate incidents in the future.

Two years on, the police administration has remained tightlipped on the matter. The families of the victims are angry the Police service has failed to honour its promise.

Patience Tetteh, wife of one of the officers who was killed told Joy News’ Francis Abban life has become unbearable without her husband; the breadwinner of the family.

She said funding the education of her six-year-old son has now become a problem. Several attempts to have the police administration intervene have also proved futile.

In the meantime she has had to change schools for her son because she cannot afford to pay the fees being charged in the former school Tetteh (junior) was enrolled in while his father was alive. She is desperately praying for a miracle to happen.

Joy News can confirm that no officer has been charged or interdicted for the matter. Neither has any investigation been conducted into the matter.

The two officers known to have gunned down the deceased persons are said to be happily working in the police band.

Efforts by Joy News to have the police comment on the matter have proved futile at least for now, as the Police administration appears too busy attending to other matters.

Director of Police Public Affairs DCOP Ampah Bennin was reported to have said that he was attending to other equally important matters and would comment later.

Superintendant Cephas Arthur is also busy with other matters and is not yet ready to comment at least for now.

The person available for comment is an officer with the Commonwealth Human Rights Initiative and she is unhappy with the conduct of the police administration.

Mina Mensah said the police cannot continue to trumpet that policing is a shared responsibility only to coil back and withhold information from the public.

She said the family of the deceased persons can only seek justice at CHRAJ.


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