The United Press for Development Network (UPDN) has taken exception to an alleged act of sexual harassment by a police officer against a media practitioner belonging to the Media7 Group, a television and radio channels provider, ABC News can report.
According to them, the alleged “condemnable” act of the police officer is one that violates the right of the victim who has only been identified as Efia, adding that it amounts to attack on media freedom.
The UPDN has therefore appealed to the Inspector General of Police, James Oppong Boanuh to fast track investigations into the matter to bring the said officer to book and to restore sanctity in the police service.
The embattled police officer, Oheneba Adu, who was part of a police patrol team is alleged to have squeezed Efia’s breast through the window of her car after she was stopped by the team.
When he was queried for the harassment, he “unrepentantly” said he was checking for breast cancer.
“I was sitting directly behind the driver in the vehicle when the police officer stopped us, he put his hand through the window and squeezed my breast, so out of shock I asked why he did that, then he said when he is done with me he will do same to my friend who I was in the car with. Then I asked him again why he did that, then he told me he was checking for breast cancer because they have been assigned to do so, he never showed remorse and told us to leave his presence, I vowed to take legal action against him but he told me he cares less,” the victim told Accra-based Joy FM.
In a statement dated Monday, December 9, 2019, and signed by its president Kofi Asante Mensah, the UPDN expressed its resentment about the act and called for swift actions to be taken.
The National Youth Authority body asserted that their initial investigations suggest Oheneba Adu acted under the influence of alcohol.
“United Press for Development Network (UPDN) condemn the attitude and is by this Press Release respectfully requesting the Inspector General of Police (IGP) James Oppong Boanuh to expedite investigative processes into this embarrassment and bring the officer to book to save the dwindling image and confidence of Ghanaians in the so-called service with integrity institution.
“Our preliminary investigation has revealed that the said officer (Mr. Oheneba Adu) was under the influence of some substance (alcohol) before perpetuating such criminal, barbaric and evil act,” the statement said.
“UPDN does not only find the conduct of the law enforcer as gross abuse of power, disregard of human rights among others but a culture of impunity that has bedevilled us and has become an albatross around the neck of media persons and the entire nation unfortunately led by the Police,” it added.
The UPDN further pledged its readiness to go every length to ensure justice is served.
“Failure to set this officer as a scapegoat will make nonsense, the directive by the IGP for the sensitization of police personnel as sex scandals increase in the service. According to the IGP’s circular, personnel found culpable of sextortion and sexual crimes will be sanctioned. Defend Press Freedom, Stop Press Attacks,” it averred.
Read UNDP’s full statement below