A married woman, Veronica Arthur, has made accusations against an unidentified police officer, alleging that he forcefully removed her waist beads during an operation that led to the arrest of her husband, Sixtus Arthur.
The incident, which occurred on Tuesday, July 11, 2023, has raised concerns regarding potential police misconduct and the violation of personal belongings during law enforcement activities.
Veronica Arthur stated that she and her husband were in their room in the afternoon when a group of over 15 individuals, claiming to be policemen, forcefully entered their premises. According to a report by 3news.com, she claimed that amidst the chaos of the arrest, one of the officers grabbed her by the waist and tore her waist beads.
These allegations have sparked discussions about the need for proper conduct and respect for personal belongings during police operations. The incident highlights the importance of addressing allegations of misconduct and ensuring accountability within law enforcement agencies.
It remains to be seen how authorities will respond to these accusations and whether appropriate investigations and actions will be taken to address the issue.
We were sleeping around 1:00am when we heard a knock at the door. We opened the door and saw about 15 men claiming to be police officers.
“They forcefully entered our room and started searching for my husband. I was trying to talk to them but they kept pushing me away. I wanted to go out and pass urine but one of the officers held my waist, pulled me back, and tore my beads. I came back to the room and saw them manhandling my husband without any reason,” she said in a radio interview.
The incident took place in Nkroful, a town located in the Western Region of Ghana.
Veronica Arthur revealed that among the group of individuals who arrived at their home, only one person was wearing a police uniform. This raises questions about the legitimacy of the operation and the identities of the individuals involved.
“One of them was in uniform with a pump action gun. With the rest, some of them were holding spanners,” she added, the report said.
Adding to the concern, Naana Yaaba, the mother of Sixtus Arthur, stated that they have been unable to locate her son despite searching several police stations. The whereabouts of Sixtus Arthur remain unknown.
“We have been to Central, Harbor, and Sekondi police stations to find out if he was sent there but all to no avail. We currently do not know where he has been taken to,” she also said.
The report suggests that the reason behind the arrest is unclear. However, there are suspicions that it could be connected to an ongoing chieftaincy dispute, as Sixtus is reportedly the secretary to the substantive chief, Nana Kobina Gyan II. This raises the possibility that the arrest may be linked to the chieftaincy issue, but the exact motives behind the incident have yet to be confirmed.