Suspect dies mysteriously in Madina Police cells

A-53-year-old car dealer has died in police

custody under mysterious circumstances with

the family accusing the Madina police of

dereliction of duty.

Mr. Joe Tuffour was arrested by the Madina

Police on Good Friday over a car deal that

went bad.

According to family members, the deceased

was denied bail and was kept in police custody

for four days, even when it was apparent he

was not feeling too well.

He died on Wednesday but exactly where he

died has been a subject of controversy.

Family of the deceased told Joy News' Paa

Kwesi Asare that inmates alerted the police that

Joe Tuffuor was dying but the officers on duty

failed to heed to the calls.

It was only after he died that he was picked

and sent to the hospital.

Joy News has information suggesting the victim

was declared "clinically dead" on arrival at the

police Hospital, where he was later rushed to.

A sister to the deceased person told Joy News

that his brother was not even covered after he

was stripped half-naked, when he was put into

cells, adding that his clothes were handed over

to the family.

But the Madina Police have dismissed

allegation the suspect died in cells.

Divisional Police Commander, Superintendent

Owusu Bempah said the suspect only collapsed

in cells and was rushed to the hospital.

He said because he collapsed, it was difficult

for them to wear his clothes for him.

According to him, personnel on duty usually

paid "hourly visits" to inmates of the cells to

find out if everything was right with them,

adding that it was therefore not true that his

men derelict their responsibilities.

He also denied allegations they failed to grant

him bail. He explained that the suspect was

arrested on Good Friday, which was a holiday.

On Saturday, Sunday and Monday, which were

subsequently holidays, the police could not

have granted the suspect bail. He was however,

sent to court on Tuesday and brought back

into custody until the sad incident happened

on Wednesday.

The controversy, notwithstanding, he said they

have begun investigating the matter and would

be "surprised" if the suspect was deemed to

have died in their custody.


Kofi Oppong Kyekyeku

I am a Ghanaian Broadcast Journalist/Writer who has an interest in General News, Sports, Entertainment, Health, Lifestyle and many more.

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