A swift intervention by an Immigration Officer, AICOII Nuredeen Abdul Ganiyu, stationed at Western North Regional Immigration Office, has saved two police officers who would have been killed by a mentally retarded man in the Western North Regional Capital of Sefwi-Wiawso last Saturday, May 13, 2023.
The two Police Officers were reportedly subdued by a mentally retarded man who was attacking worshippers from a Prayer Camp with a knife, catapult, and pestle in the streets of Sefwi-Wiawso, the Regional Capital.
According to UTV News correspondent, the ‘mad’ man was chained at a prayer camp near Sefwi Ewiase, a small farming community near the regional capital.
But when he had the opportunity and broke the chains on his legs and hands at the Prayer Camp, he hit the streets and stabbed two persons.
The attack by the mentally retarded man brought fear to the public.
The Police then received a distress call to come to their rescue, but upon reaching the scene, the two Police Officers tried several means to get the attacker arrested from the Anglican School Park near the Sefwi-Wiawso District Police Command.
The mentally retarded man who was wielding a sharp knife, a catapult, and a pestle locally called’ W)ma’ upon seeing the plans of the police officers to get him arrested, angrily started moving straight towards the officers and started attacking the two officers.
Even though the officers were holding an AK-47 rifle but due to the crowd they decided not to shoot but try and use their professional experience to arrest the mentally retarded man.
In the process, the mentally retarded man violently attacked the Inspector first by hitting him with the Pestle leaving him unconscious on the ground.
Per UTV correspondent, Kwabena Dickson’s investigation, the Immigration officer, AlCOIl Nurideen Abdul Ganiyu reported to the office and was returning home when he noticed there was a crowd around the Anglican Church Park, the area where the officer stays.
According to an eyewitness account, the Immigration Officer upon reaching the scene saw the Inspector lying unconscious on the ground and the Corporal under attack with AK-47 Rifle on the ground. Before he could go closer to the attacker, the mentally retarded man hit the Corporal too on the head with the pestle he immediately also fell unconscious.
With both officers on the ground and onlookers scared to get closer to assist, the mentally retarded man made an attempt to pick up the AK-47 rifle to cause more trouble.
But according to some eyewitnesses and onlookers who commended the Immigration Officer for his boldness, told UTV Western North Regional Correspondent, Kwabena Dickson that, the Immigration Officer, Mr Nuredeen was smart to pick the AK 47 Rifle before the ‘mad’ man could pick it up
The action of the Immigration Officer angered the ‘mad’ man and walked violently towards AICOII Nuredeen Abdul Ganiyu with the pestle.
But upon sensing danger, according to the onlookers, the Immigration Officer fired a warning shot but it did not scare the ‘mad’ man who kept moving towards the Immigration Officer trying to use the pestle to hit him.
But the Immigration Officer with his experience and professionalism was extremely cautious because of the onlookers and the crowd and managed to run backward whiles the angry ‘mad’ man runs towards him, then managed to move him away from the crowd and shot his right thigh and was apprehended.
The noise from the onlookers attracted more crowd and a number of people including police officers to the scene who assisted to arrest the attacker.
Some onlookers described the incident as a typical action movie.
The items retrieved from the attacker include a sharp knife he used to stab the two people, a locally manufactured catapult and the pestle which he used to attack the two Police Officers.
The two Police Officers and the mentally retarded man were taken to the Sefwi-Wiawso Government Hospital.
A formal report has been made and the Police AK-47 rifle has been handed over to the Sefwi Wiawso District police for further action.
Meanwhile, the police have started their investigations by extending an invitation to the family of the mentally retarded man and the Head of the Prayer Camp near Sefwi Ewiase.