Soldier slaps policeman provoking violent clash in Accra Central
A violent scuffle ensued between Police and Military personnel near the Accra Regional Police Command yesterday creating fear and panic among the public.
An eye witness told The Finder that the scuffle was provoked by members of a military patrol team escorting a bullion van who slapped a police personnel not in uniform for not giving them way.
The eye witness who spoke on condition of anonymity explained that upon the bullion van reaching the Ghana Cocoa Board (COCOBOD) area, the soldiers in the patrol vehicle screamed at a motor rider to give them way.
The eye witness said the motor rider responded that he is a police officer and this response infuriated the military personnel.
The eye witness told this paper that one soldier alighted from their vehicle and slapped the policeman who was not in uniform.
The police officer quickly raise alarm and his colleagues at the Accra Regional Command premises rushed to his rescue.
According to the eye witness, the police personnel then detained the military personnel who slapped the police man.
The soldiers escorting the convoy attempted to resist the arrest of their colleague resulting in violent scuffle.
As at the time of going to press, details were still emerging but The Finder could not get the names of the police personnel slapped and the military personnel involved in the assault.
The Police and Military could not be reached immediately for their response.
The Finder learnt that the soldier was granted bail yesterday evening.
The conflict between the military and police is not uncommon in Ghana and in most cases, it the soldiers who attack the police.
In 2010 for instance, tensions flared between soldiers and police officers in Kumasi, when separate assaults carried out by soldiers within two days left 12 police personnel injured and police property destroyed.
The attacks began after a police officer attempted to arrest a soldier riding an unlicensed motorcycle.
In 2019, police personnel and some soldiers clashed at the Suame Roundabout in Kumasi.
This was after some police officers allegedly manhandled a plain-clothed military officer and handcuffed him.
The plain-clothed military officer was using an unregistered motorbike.
The military officer also called his other colleagues, who then attacked the police officers.
The soldier threatened to return with reinforcements and attack the police officer and made good on the threat later that day.
Over the next two days, more than a dozen police officers across the city were assaulted by soldiers.
In 2018, some soldiers and police officers in the Upper East region flexed muscles Sunday in a row over a military uniform.
In the same year, a group of soldiers angry over the arrest of their colleague stormed Tamale in the Northern Region and viciously pummeled police officers on duty at various points and banks.
Personnel of the Counter Terrorism Unit of the Ghana Police Service and personnel of the Military on the Operation Motherland at Juapong and on the Adomi bridge also clashed in 2021.
There has been a long-standing split tension between police and soldiers which some security experts partly blames on the outdated nature of the security legislation governing their operations.
Due to some of these disagreements between police and military personnel in the past, there have been calls for reform to establish clear oversight mechanisms and delineate security roles for the police and armed forces in Ghana.
Among the resolutions arrived at were the setting up of Police and Military memberships in all regions that host military bases, ‘for the purposes of overseeing the peaceful co-existence of both services,
The personnel are the custodians of arms meant to protect and defend ordinary people and not to attack each other.
It appears there is a deep seated animosity between personnel of the two institutions.
It is untenable for them to turn the area into a battleground to settle personal scores.
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