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The Inside Story Of Tema Coronavirus Police Shooting

Details are emerging about what triggered the shooting of a policewoman, Lance Corporal Francisca Tengey, by a soldier during lockdown duties last night.

The identity of the soldier has been revealed as Able Seaman 1 (AB1) Oppong Bekoe of the Naval Headquarters, Burma Camp in Accra who is currently on detention after shooting the policewoman in the thigh at Tema New Town.

The victim who received treatment at the Tema General Hospital is attached to the Domestic Violence and Victim Support Unit (DOVVSU) of the Tema Regional Police Command and was deployed for the COVID-19 assignment.

The information available to TheBBCghana.Com indicates that the military high command was locked up in a meeting with the hierarchy of the Tema Regional Police Command over the incident.

A statement signed by the Tema Regional Police Commander, DCOP Edward Johnson Akrofi-Oyirifi, said they received information on Thursday, April 9, 2020, at about 6 am, that the policewoman had been shot.

Police detectives were dispatched to the scene and saw blood around a snap checkpoint mounted for the operation COVID-19 Safety at Tema Newtown, where the police officer was assigned for duty.

The statement said “whiles on duty, the said police officer was accidentally shot in her right lower thigh from behind by Able Seaman 1 (AB1) Oppong Bekoe of the Naval Headquarters, Burma Camp who was also detailed for the same operation at the said checkpoint.

“The victim was rushed to the Tema General Hospital, where she has been treated and discharged.”


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