Overlord of Dagbon, Yaa Naa Abukari Mahama II has reacted to the recent police shooting at the Lamashegu Chief’s palace yesterday, Sunday, February 13 that resulted in several injured with one being killed.
The king, through the chief of Karaga, Naa Abdulai Natogma sent a strong warning to the Ghana Police Service at the Lamashegu Chief’s palace today, Monday February 24 following the police misconduct in the Lamashegu, a suburban of Tamale.
“I shall not tolerate this disrespect anymore. Enough is enough in my kingdom. And let it be the last time such unthinkable happens in Dagbon. I want the police to know that they shall foot the medical bills of all the victims of the shooting”, Karaga chief told the media on behalf of Yaa Naa.
Unprofessional Conduct of Police towards Dagbon Traditional Authorities did not start today, there is a sad history of such incidents in the kingdom.
On 16 January 2020, a driver of an articulated truck was chased by some police officers into the Gbewaa Palace for allegedly ignoring police signals to stop at three different checkpoints on the Bimbila-Yendi road.
The Northern Regional Police Commander then, COP Timothy Yoosa Bonga described incident of the officers as “unprofessional conduct”, when he apologized to the king of Dagbon, Yaa Naa Abukari Mahama II on a week later.
It will also be recalled that in September last year, another group of police officers were captured in separate videos which went viral brutalizing residents of Nakpanzoo and Lamashegu for allegedly stealing power.
The officers were seen physically assaulting the suspects without any form of provocation or an attempt by the victims to resist arrest.
These police officers were even adamant to listen to explanations from the public and persistently violated the fundamental rights of the civilians.