Police rescues suspected robber from being lynched

A police patrol team in Sunyani on Friday rescued a 48 year-old suspected thief, Abu Abubakar, from being lynched by a mob at the Sunyani Magazine.

Police Superintendent Eric Magnus Kofi Amoako, Sunyani Regional Crime Officer, said Abu who resides at the Nana Bosoma Market was found in a garage of one of the mechanics at the Magazine so somebody raised the alarm to attract a mob.

After a hot chase, he was arrested and severely beaten by the mob but was saved by the patrol team who came to his rescue.

Abu, who was almost naked, was given a bath at a washing bay as he was smeared with diesel and petrol poured on him during his assault. He was then clothed in a shirt and pair of jeans trouser before being sent to the Regional Hospital.

Dr. Solomon Fofie, head of the Accident and Emergency Unit at the Hospital, said Abu was brought in unconscious with a fractured right leg, a swollen right eye and minor cuts on the forehead but was responding to treatment.

Supt Amoako warned the public to desist from taking the law into their own hands and meting instant justice on suspected criminals.

Instead, they should hand them over to the police for proper investigations immediately after they make arrests.

He stressed it was the work of the police to investigate and prosecute suspects in court to prove their guilt or otherwise.

“As we are talking now, nobody has reported to the police the actual crime committed by the man so brutalized,” he said, and advised the public to treat suspected criminals as humans.

Source: GNA

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