Four-member committee probes police-military clash in Suame

The committee has a week to investigate circumstances leading to a confrontation between the police and the military in Suame

A four-member committee has been set up to investigate clashes between the police and the military in Suame in the Ashanti Region on Friday (29 October).

“The committee has one week from Tuesday (2 November) to submit their report to enable the police administration and the military high command to determine the next line of action,” a joint statement from the police and the armed forces said.

The committee is made up of ACP Benjamin Osei Addai and ASP Ernest Kwofie of the Ghana Police Service and Colonel Jonathan Kumador and Lt. Col David Addo of the Ghana Armed Forces.

Below is the full statement:


What we know so far

The police in the Ashanti Region have confirmed that some soldiers attacked their personnel at the Suame police station on Friday (29 October) to release one of their colleagues who was arrested for riding an unregistered motorbike.

Staff sergeant Jamal Deen Mohammed who was in civilian cloth at the time of his arrest called his colleagues when he was allegedly manhandled by the police, a source told

A melee then ensued when the soldiers arrived to release their colleague in custody.

“A misunderstanding ensued between the soldiers and the police. The impasse was resolved after the intervention of the Ashanti Regional police commander and the commanding officer of the 4th Infantry Battalion in Kumasi,” a joint police and military statement said.

It added: “The Ghana Police Service and the Ghana Armed Forces have commenced a full-scale investigation into the incident and anyone found culpable will be dealt with administratively and according to law. The two security institutions are committed to a harmonious relationship and will not condone any proven act of wrongdoing of personnel.”

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