The Swedru Divisional Police Command has arrested and placed in custody, Peter Danso, a municipal guard of the Agona West Municipal Assembly, who assaulted one Kwame on Wednesday for allegedly stealing money from a mobile money vendor.
A video that has gone viral on social media captured the guard kicking the suspect’s head from behind as the alleged thief knelt down facing the other way.
Superintendent Seth Yirenkyi, the Swedru District Police Commander, in an interview with the Ghana News Agency, said the suspect was arrested on Friday per the orders of the Inspector General of Police.
He said investigations are ongoing to establish the facts of the case.
Superintendent Yirenkyi said Danso, who was detailed by the Municipal Assembly to collect tolls at a Lorry Station in Swedru, attacked the boy after a mobile money operator (name withheld) lodged a complaint with him.
The city guard was initially mistaken for a police officer but the Police Administration, in a press release, said he was not one of theirs.
In the statement signed by Mr Simon Tenku, the Assistant Superintendent of Police for the Director-General, Public Affairs, the Police Administration said preliminary investigations established that the victim was arrested for the offence by some civilians and municipal guards.
“The attention of the Police Administration has been drawn to a video which has gone viral on social media, in which a uniformed person is seen kicking a young man who was kneeling before some civilians. The person seen kicking the victim in the said video is not a police officer,” the police stated in the statement.