Security has been beefed up in Asawase, Ashanti Region, after furious youngsters attacked a local police station on Sunday evening.
The youth said that a young man who was apprehended during a police raid was brutalized by policemen, resulting in his death.
The throng later surrounded the police station and smashed everything in sight. Images widely circulated on social media show shattered windows, wrecked seats, and a severely damaged metering system, forcing the facility to go off the grid.
“The information is that they initially resisted the police arrest, and during the struggle, one of them was sent to the hospital but was later confirmed dead,” Asawase West Electoral Area Assemblymember Gideon Okai told the press.
“As a result, they came and attacked the police.” They flung stones and caused property damage, leaving only one police officer to her fate, so I had to bring in reinforcements. To disperse them, the police officers who arrived had to fire warning bullets.”
He went on to say that the attackers were not from his electoral district and that they had previously threatened to set fire to the police station.
“As a result, for the time being, joint police and military officers have taken over the police station.” This is to thwart the planned attack. It is critical to note that these individuals do not reside in Okai’s electoral district.
Following an increase in crime in the area, the police station was opened on September 18, 2015, to serve the inhabitants of Asawase and its surroundings.
The Asokore Mampong Municipal Security Council and the office of the area’s Member of Parliament have been alerted to the new incident.
It is unclear whether any other arrests have been made. Officers stationed in the area were still patrolling at the time this report was filed.