Police: “Lebanese” who threatened to slit the throat of a Ghanaian arrested

The bearded “Lebanese” man, captured in a viral video clip wielding a sword and a sheath in Osu, was heard screaming: “Come out, come out! I will cut your neck!”

Osman Brustani, the man, believed to be Lebanese, caught on tape threatening to slit the throat of a Ghanaian, has been arrested can confirm.

The police say, Brustani is currently in police custody and will be taken through the due process of the law.

“Before the arrest, the Inspector-General of Police (IGP), Dr. George Akuffo Dampare reached out to the victim yesterday, Tuesday, 13th April 2022 via a telephone call and he seemed traumatised by the incident. As a result upon the IGP’s instruction, the victim has been given psychological support by a clinical psychologist from the Police Hospital. The IGP also followed up with a personal visit to the victim today, Wednesday, 13th April, 2022,” the police said in a Facebook post.

The bearded man, captured in the viral video clip wielding a sword he had pulled from a sheath, was heard screaming, “Come out, come out! I will cut your neck!” as a group of Ghanaian men tried to calm him in the heat of the melee, which took place on Oxford Street, Osu.

The Lebanese Embassy condemned the action, calling on the Ghana Police Service to investigate and “to take appropriate measures against the offender”.

“We reject all forms of violence and intimidation, as well as anyone who does not treat the people of the host country with respect and in accordance with applicable laws,” the embassy posted on Facebook.

Unprovoked attack

Speaking on The Asaase Breakfast Show on Wednesday, Iddrisu Yusif, the Ghanaian who had the confrontation with the man of Middle Eastern origin, said the latter parked at the spot where he sells shoes and after an hour he asked him to move his vehicle, which resulted in the unprovoked attack.

The trader was disorientated, telling the ABS: “I didn’t do anything wrong to him … I’m not feeling good at all, and I don’t know why. I don’t know what is happening to me.”

Yusif said he has reported the case to the police.

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