Four city guards of the Kumasi Metropolitan Assembly (KMA) have reportedly assaulted a commercial vehicle driver who they accused of another driver’s car tape.
The 25-year-old victim, Osei Manu, was taken to a hospital after the guards handcuffed and subjected him to over an hour of wire mesh whips strokes leaving him with serious body injuries, swollen eye and chest pains.
According to Daily Guide, the incident happened around 3pm on Monday inside one of the offices of the KMA taskforce at the Race Course lorry terminal in Kumasi. No statement had
DSP Kofi Oduro Monku, Suame District Police Commander, according to the report, confirmed the incident and stated that detectives had been assigned to unravel the cause of the action for the perpetrators to be brought to book.
The battering is said to have started when Osei, who shuttles between Kumasi and Manso Keniago, was invited to the KMA taskforce office to answer a charge of stealing of a colleague’s car tape.
Brother of the victim, Harrison Asiamah, told DAILY GUIDE that about an hour later he found people trooping into the KMA taskforce office to catch a glimpse of an ongoing incident, and he also followed suit to find out what was amiss.
On arriving at the scene, he heard the victim screaming for help in a locked upper room at the KMA and therefore attempted to force the door open.
He narrated that some of his siblings, who had come around, helped him to open the door, and to his amazement, found his brother (Osei Manu) handcuffed behind his back.
“When we went to his rescue, we discovered that members of the KMA taskforce had beaten him, with vestige of strokes of wire mesh at the victim’s back,” Asiamah disclosed and added that Osei confirmed to them that the wounds were from whips made of wire mesh.
Harrison Asiamah said the victim was rushed to the Tafo Government Hospital for treatment after police at the Suame District Command had issued them with a police medical form.
Osei Manu, on his hospital bed, corroborated the account of his brother and said he was assaulted on the basis of a complaint by a colleague driver, Baba Yusif, that he (Osei) probably had stolen Baba Yusif’s car tape from his vehicle about a week earlier.