We don’t intend killing people under Operation Father Christmas – Police

The Ghana Police Service says it has no intention of employing brute force to bully and kill residents under its moves to ensure an event-free Christmas.

Code named Operation Father Christmas, the security operation had a fatal take off last week after the Central Regional Police command raided some criminal hideouts in Cape Coast.

Some angry youth attacked the Cape Coast police station destroying dozens of vehicles and other properties as a result of the death of one resident. In all two deaths were recorded in the area.

“Under the Operation Father Christmas it is not our intention to go and brutalise someone and kill him knowing he is a responsible person,” Regional Police Commander DCOP Ransford Moses Ninson explained on Joy FM’s Newsnight.

The Ag. Inspector General of Police John Kudalor met families of the deceased today to calm tempers and court their cooperation in the police investigations.

The IGP met the bereaved families at the regional police headquarters because the crime scene was still in a “tense situation” DCOP Moses Ninson explained.

Though the families appear supportive, they insisted that the police brutality led to the death of the two.

But DCOP Moses Ninson said only the autopsy report, which would be ready tomorrow, would determine the cause of death.

“The person was sick and died an hour later in hospital” he noted, based on information he said was relayed to him by his officers.

If [the autopsy proves] he died of a natural cause then the police cannot be blamed,” he remarked, promising that if it turns out it was unnatural cause then the investigations will continue unhindered.

He said the police administration will not shield any officer found culpable in the death of the residents would be dealt with.

Meanwhile, the Police Intelligence and Professional Standards Bureau (PIPS) would be at the scene tomorrow to continue investigations into the matter.

A lot of discussions were held and the families assured the IGP of their cooperation even after the funeral of the two, Supt Cephas Arthur Director of Public Relations of the Ghana Police Service confirmed to Joy News.

The IGP also assured the families and the Omanhene of the Ogua Traditional Area of a “painstaking investigation” into the matter, he said.

Story by Ghana|myjoyonline.com| Isaac Essel | [email protected]

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