DSP Samuel Azugu, in-charge of the SWAT team who were on the scene of the recent violence-marred Ayawaso West Wuogon by-election, has admitted that his men were very unprofessional in arresting their suspects.
DSP Azugu was at the Emil Short Commission to give an account of what led to the shootings that went on during the Ayawaso West Wuogon by-election and said that the SWAT team “overacted” while trying to arrest some men suspected to be engaged in some suspicious activity.
DSP Azugu stated that his team was on a mission to confiscate some arms that were allegedly stockpiled in a residence at La Bawaleshie.
He added that they arrived at the scene and had to engage in some traffic direction.
“While we were doing that, we spotted a convoy of motorbikes and they numbered about 15 riders with multiple passengers,” he stated.
According to him, the riders were accompanied by three vehicles which were being occupied by Sam George (Ningo Prampram MP), Alfred Oko Vanderpuije (MP for Ablekuma South) and some executives of the National Democratic Congress.
After short pleasantries with the NDC bigwigs, he inquired about the mission of bikers and they revealed that they were there to protect the ballot boxes.
“I told them as they can see, the police and immigration are here for that so they should leave and they rode toward the direction of the earlier ones who left,” he narrated.
He added that gunshots were heard from the direction where the bikers had gone so his men traced the sound and upon arriving at the building, a group of men pelted them with stones while more gunshots came from the building.
“I then ordered my men to fire warning shots and the men retreated to the building after that”.
“We however succeeded in arrest nine of them. When we were taking them to our vehicles, they tried escaping [and] my men pounced on them and I would admit that my men overacted in re-arresting them,” he noted.
He told the Commission his superiors directed that the arrested persons be sent to the East Legon Police station to help with investigations.