Athletics Information of Wednesday, 12 February 2020
Augustine Opoku has lost a person of his eyes
For 31-yr-old Augustine Opoku, Sunday, January 12, 2020, will constantly be remembered with deep sorrow, anguish and regret.
It is a working day that will for the rest of his everyday living remind him of how he fell victim to a police officer’s inability to physical exercise discretion.
The day promised to be interesting. An impressive start off to the league period experienced found his darling club Asante Kotoko decide on six points from two matches and ended up likely to perform Berekum Chelsea on matchday 3.
With his two eyes glued in their purely natural positions, he still left his residence full self confidence to cheer Kotoko to victory more than ‘The Blues’.
In the study course of the recreation at the Baba Yara Stadium fans’ indignant and unruly reaction to a ‘legitimate call’ by the referee resulted in a short term stoppage of the match.
Cool heads will prevail and the recreation will resume only for the chaos to escalate right after the match.
A police officer’s bid to control the indignant crowd resulted in him taking pictures straight into the eye of Augustine Opoku who for every eyewitness account experienced no hand in the disturbances.
A flurry of condemnation statements ended up issued by all stakeholders. From the Ghana Soccer Affiliation to the supporter’s human body of Kumasi Asante Kotoko.
All events promised their cooperation to the Ghana Law enforcement to investigate the challenge and punish the culprits.
The Police in their initially shift interdicted the law enforcement officer whose identification has been hidden from the public and certain to deal with the matter with the alacrity it deserves.
On the other hand, one particular thirty day period on from the incident, minor has been finished or explained about the issue and there’s a genuine experience amongst the target and Kotoko that the police are shielding their possess.
A brother of the victim, Listowel Appiah who spoke to ghanaweb.com uncovered the family’s aggravation with the procedure as no headway has been built in the concern.
In accordance to him, the police attained out to the family for the victim’s assertion only immediately after he vented their frustrations in an job interview with a Kumasi-based mostly radio station.
He stated that the Asokwa Law enforcement Station who have been at first managing the case invited the target to publish his statement. On the other hand, after the assertion, he was requested to go for a medical report from the Komfo Anokye Teaching Clinic in which he was attended to.
The issuance of the medical report has turn out to be a headache as all clinical medical practitioners who attended to the sufferer have to make inputs and signal a doc to that influence. Getting the signatures of all the 4 medical practitioners who done the medical procedures on Mr Opoku has come to be an elusive training.
The brother mentioned that considering that their visit to the hospital on his brother’s second working day of admission, the law enforcement have not termed or visited the victim.
He explained that the only time the law enforcement known as was immediately after an job interview he granted Kessben FM where he lamented their neglect of his brother.
“The law enforcement despatched him to the medical center and visited the subsequent working day but considering that then we have not read from them. Two weeks back, an inspector at the Asokwa police station identified as and requested me to convey my brothers for his statement. So following the statement, he informed us to send out it to the hospital for the report and appear again immediately after getting the report. I sent it to the hospital and due to the fact medical doctors from diverse departments labored on him, we have to hold out for them to create their reports”.
“As to what happened to the police officer, the household has not been told. No law enforcement officer has occur to the dwelling to go to or even call to ask of my brother’s problem. We have not been supplied any payment. Nothing has been listened to of the officer. I described to a single journalist at Kessben FM that we have been neglected by the law enforcement and it is after that interview that we bought the get in touch with from the police.
Target unfortunate and indignant
Listowel claimed that his brother has due to the fact the incident formulated some hatred for the police. He disclosed that at the sight of a police officer, his brother explodes
“Sometimes he will get offended and sad any time he sees a law enforcement officer. Anytime I’m strolling with him, I keep his fingers so that he would not do anything at all. When the Kotoko officials come all-around, they also discuss to him but at times he complains bitterly about the police. He when requested me what I’m likely to do the police to do. He is upset mainly because when he listens to the radio he doesn’t listen to whether or not the policeman who shot him has been arrested or everything has been performed to him.
Justice or revenge
“We want to enchantment to lawyers to arrive to our aid and guarantee that justice is served. I’m calling on everybody to speak for us simply because you cannot shoot someone and not look at-up on him. No a person phone calls to find out how he and his relatives are coping with the situation”.
“We know what to do if we really don’t get justice. And the human being who gave the policeman the gun and has absent silent right after the incident, if the regulation makes it possible for you to walk freely, we also know what we will do. If it were being a police officer who obtained shot the make any difference would have been dealt with in another way. If the policeman thinks he’s cost-free, he should really know he’s not no cost like that. He will also lose his existence and his whole family”. Grateful to Kotoko
He expressed the family’s gratitude to Kumasi Asante Kotoko and their supporters for their unflinching aid to his brother because the incident.
“The Kotoko officers have been pretty excellent to us. They have been visiting us and supplying us factors to choose care of our brother. As for Kotoko, they have been very supportive and even came in this article with the gamers. Some of the supporters as well have also been in this article.
Kotoko in the dark
An formal of Kotoko who spoke to GhanaWeb on ailment of anonymity revealed comparable frustrations to that of the household. The source reported the club has been still left in the dark over the situation and tries to get the law enforcement officer and his spouse and children to pay a visit to the sufferer have proved futile.
Sick Law enforcement Pro declines to comment
GhanaWeb attained out to the Ashanti Regional Police Public Relations Officer for an update on the investigations considering the fact that the circumstance has been transferred to the Regional Police headquarters.
On the other hand, Assistant Superintendent of Police (ASP), Mr Godwin Ahianyo claimed he could not comment on the difficulty as he was recovering from an incident.