Ghanaian police officer allegedly commits suicide on duty

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A Ghanaian police officer, Lance Corporal Alhassan Asare, has reportedly committed suicide at his duty post.

Lance Corporal Alhassan Asare stationed at Akim Swedru in the Birim South District of the Eastern Region reportedly killed himself with his own weapon. According to Ghanaweb and Punchng, the police officer had gone for work at his duty post at about 5:45pm at Dukes Petroleum Fuel station where he was found dead.

Alhassan was found seated in a plastic chair with severe wounds to the head and bloodstains on his body. His service rifle was seen in between his thighs pointing towards his head, and three empty gun shells were found lying on the floor beside him. according to the report.

A situational report sighted by MyNewsGh.com stated that a colleague visited the fuel station at about 5:40am on Tuesday, August 20, 2019, and saw Alhassan’s lifeless body on the plastic chair.

“The duty man Number. 46688 L/Cpl. Alhassan Asare was sitting in a plastic chair on the storey building dead with his rifle in between his thighs. The District Commander DSP/Mr. Sebastian Maya was duly informed and a follow-up visit was made to the scene”, the report revealed.

The Deputy Eastern Regional Police Public Relations Officer, Sergeant Francis Gormado, said the “command is going to the scene to go and assess the situation.”

“But we can’t give details because much investigations have not been done yet. When we are able to gather all the information surrounding the whole incident then perhaps we shall actually talk about it. But for now, we don’t have much to say,” he added.

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