IGP petitioned over death of gospel musician’s brother

The family of the late Shadrack Arloo who was allegedly killed by some Police officers at the West Hills Mall has petitioned the Inspector General of Police, Dr George Akuffo Dampare for investigation.

According to the family, the manner in which the late Arloo died is a clear case of murder, hence must be investigated.

The petition noted that “this unfortunate incident happened as a result of the reckless disregard for human life exhibited by your officers on the scene.”

“Your officers at the scene together with the private security stationed at the West Hills Mall and other persons on the 30th of January 2023 acted together to violate the deceased’s rights to human dignity and to life as guaranteed under Articles 15 and 13 of the 1992 Constitution.

“The standard operating procedures of the Ghana Police Service on arrests and use of force were also recklessly disregarded by your officers in this incident and they cannot be absolved of criminal liability as their negligent acts and omissions led to the death of this young man who had his whole life ahead of him.”

Again, the family said the demise of the deceased has caused the family grief as well as denied the deceased opportunities in life and his child has lost his father for life.

They, therefore, urged the IGP to cause a full-scale investigation into the murder of the deceased by the Police officers and their abettors at the West Hills Mall in respect of the events of Monday, 30th January 2023.

The family also appealed to the IGP to initiate, or cause to be initiated, disciplinary and criminal proceedings against any officer and persons found culpable in the murder of the deceased.

Additionally, the family petitioned the IGP “to initiate or cause to be initiated, negotiations with our Clients to cover the cost and the financial burden brought on the family due to the recklessness of your officers and negotiate reasonable and appropriate monetary compensation to the family for the loss of life and for support for the son who has many years to live without the deceased.”

It would be recalled that on Monday, January 30, a gospel musician, Perpetual Didier accused some Police officers of allegedly brutalising her 32-year-old brother at the West Hills Mall in Weija.

According to Perpetual, her brother was billed to leave for Germany after spending the holidays in Ghana.

In a Facebook live stream, the teary singer chronicled events leading up to the 32-year-old’s demise which started from his trip to the shopping mall to purchase some items.

Per Perpetual Didier’s narration, the young man called Shadrach Arloo had withdrawn an undisclosed amount of money for the items when he was stopped for a search by the Police.

The security officials reportedly demanded that he discloses the content of his bag which he had told them contained cash.

Shadrach, according to the gospel musician’s account, refused to allow the officer to search him for fear that an illegal substance may be planted inside by the officers.

Perpetual Didier said he recommended that they rather proceed to a Police station for him to disclose the content.

But she said this did not go down well with the officers during which he was shoved to the ground and hit his head to unconsciousness.

She added that Shadrach was further shocked with a taser after which he died.


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