THE Nsawam Police Command in the Eastern Region has arrested a 50-year-old ex-soldier as well as a chief for their alleged involvement in the beating to death of a suspected goat thief.
W.O.1 Henry Adjona (Rtd.) and Nana Odiasempa Nii Ade Quaye, a sub-chief at Nsawam Ayigbe Town, are being held because the police accused them of beating and violently stamping on the neck of a suspected goat thief, leading to his death.
The Acting Public Relations Officer of the Eastern Regional Police Command, Sgt. Francis Gomado, who confirmed the incident to DAILY GUIDE, said the victim who was identified only as Abombi, was arrested for allegedly stealing a pregnant goat at Ayigbe Town, a suburb of Nsawam.
According to the police, the suspect was dragged to the sub-chief’s palace at Ayigbe Town, and it turned out the goat belonged to the chief.
On arrival, the ex-soldier, who is the driver of the chief, subjected the victim to severe beatings by whipping him with a rope, and also stamped on his chest and neck whilst the suspected thief was motionless on the ground.
The ‘goat thief’, who was badly injured and was almost unconscious, was then released by his captors.
According to Sgt. Gomado, all the brutal scenes were captured on video, which has since gone viral on social media.
In the footage, the ‘goat thief’ was seen begging for mercy while the old soldier subjected him to severe beatings at the palace in the presence of the chief.
Sgt. Gomado added that the ‘goat thief’ is suspected to have become unconscious during the beating, but managed to walk away to a spot at the railway crossing and was found dead the following morning at a nearby spot.
The police upon hearing the information stormed the palace over the weekend to arrest and detain Nana Odiasempa Nii Ade Quaye and W.O.1 Henry Adjona to assist in investigation.
“The body has since been sent to Police Hospital for preservation awaiting autopsy. We also have the disturbing video footage of the callous beatings of the victim and we are reviewing everything,” Sgt. Gomado disclosed.
FROM Daniel Bampoe, Nsawam