Information we received yesterday was about the shooting of Lance Corporal Francisca Tengey in the thigh by a military personal at Tema.
The victim who received treatment at the Tema General Hospital is attached to the Domestic Violence and Victim Support Unit (DOVVSU) of the Tema Regional Police Commandwas and was deployed for Covid-19 assignment.
She was mistakenly shot by the military officer, Able Seaman 1 (AB1) Oppong Bekoe of the Naval Headquarters, Burma Camp in Accra and he is currently on detention.
According to sources, the police officer ” was manning the checkpoint only to realise that a bullet had pierced through her kneecap.”
The soldier in question has explained to his superiors that the incident ” was a mistaken discharge of weapon.”
He further explained that “the weapon was hanging around my neck when it mistakenly fired.”
A statement signed by the Tema Regional Police Commander, DCOP Edward Johnson Akrofi-Oyirifi, said they received information on Thursday, April 9, 2020, at about 6am, that the policewoman had been shot.
Police detectives were dispatched to the scene and saw blood around a snap checkpoint mounted for the operation COVID Safety at Tema Newtown, where the police officer was assigned for duty.
The statement said “whiles on duty, the said police officer was accidentally shot in her right lower thigh from behind by Able Seaman 1 (AB1) Oppong Bekoe of the Naval Headquarters, Burma Camp who was also detailed for the same operation at the said checkpoint.
“The victim was rushed to the Tema General Hospital, where she has been treated and discharged.”