16-year-old boy accused of stealing a mobile phone has been allegedly assaulted by two soldiers from the Tamale Airborne Force.
The victim, Christopher Bama, who is currently in a critical condition at the Nsawam Government Hospital, is said to have stolen the TECNO branded mobile phone which belonged to one of the soldiers, Corporal Sampson Atuahene.
The Chronicle newspaper in its Thursday, April 21 edition published that Bama’s accusers, Corporal Atuahene and Collins Agyei Boamah, handcuffed and hanged him on a mango tree. They also allegedly subjected him to beatings until he fell unconscious.
According to the newspaper, the two soldiers further melted plastic bags onto the naked body of Bama until he regained consciousness.
A senior sister of Bama, Patience Bama, who witnessed the incident told the Chronicle newspaper that her brother had gone to the military quarters at Shishegu to fetch water.
According to her, on leaving the quarters, the soldiers called him back and accused him of taking the mobile phone.
She said when her brother denied taking the phone; the two pounced on him and beat him to pulp and further threatened to kill him if he failed to produce the phone.
According to her, pleas for her brother to be set free were ignored by the two soldiers so she reported the case at the Tamale Metro Police Station.
She said the Crime Officer then called the Military High Command in the Northern Region to intervene before Bama was sent to the God Cares Community Hospital at Lamashegu where he was said to have had a head injury as a result of the brutality meted out to him.
The newspaper reported that although the soldiers have admitted beating Bama, they are walking freely and are allegedly demanding that the victim’s family pay for the missing phone.
See Photos: Kennedy Agyapong caught “pants down”
Documents available to prove the exact opposite of claims made by New Patriotic Party (NPP) Member of Parliament for Assin Central Kennedy Agyapong on Oman Fm’s Boiling Point last Thursday, that Stelin Automotive and Trading Company in 2012 paid only GH¢ 10,000 to clear six (6) Toyota Hilux pick-up vehicles belonging to Mr Ibrahim Mahama’s Engineers & Planners.
“That Stelin Company, we will go after them… Ibrahim imported Hilux. When I talk they say it’s because he is richer than me that’s why I talk about him… Someone whose brother is President, and wants to be President again… this thing he did in 2012 I will talk”, Mr Kennedy Agyapong declared on Oman FM.
“Ibrahim brought in those six Hilux pickups. Do you know the duty Engineers and Planners paid? They paid 10,000 cedis.. I swear to God… I am not against Ibrahim, I am against Steling Company.. I want the customs officer to be interrogated”, he added.
But contrary to the claims made by the lawmaker, documents with receipts sighted showed Stelin Automotive and Trading Company paid GH¢10,424.16 for each of the Toyota Hilux Pick up and not GH¢ 10,000 for all the six (6).
It has been established that the vehicles with chassis numbers MROFR22G3C0679730, MROFR22G679726, MROFR22G679638, MROFR22G679533, MROFR22G679810 and MROFR22G67921 were all cleared at a total cost of GH¢62, 544.96 through Customs Excise and Preventive Service (CEPS) Ecobank account.
It is unclear where the maverick lawmaker got his information from but checks at CEPS in Tema further revealed that the amount was paid in full before the vehicles were released to the clearing agent, Stelin Automotive, and Trading Company.
A CEPS official who spoke to MYNEWSGH.com on condition of strict anonymity said: “Checks on whether the appropriate duties of vehicles has been paid can be done through the use of Customs SMS code by texting the chassis numbers to the shortcode 1477”.
He revealed that any car whose duty has not been paid will be exposed by the system’s shortcode of 1477.
Though the lawmaker claimed during the political programme his allegations were against Stelin Automotive and Trading Company and not E&P or Ibrahim Mahama, an aide to the businessman in response said the NPP firebrand seems to be obsessed about Mr. Ibrahim Mahama.
“The attacks on Stelin Automotive and Trading Company appeared to be an indirect way of attacking Mr. Ibrahim Mahama because the cars were cleared on behalf of Engineers &Planners Limited”, he stated.
This is not the first time Mr Kennedy Agyapong is making allegations against Mr Ibrahim Mahama which eventually turned out to be false.
Last week, the outspoken lawmaker alleged ‘some impropriety’ in the part of Mr Ibrahim Mahama over the servicing of his cars at the Air Cargo section of the Kotoka International Airport.
Officials of NACOB who supervised the disembarking of the luxury vehicles disputed Mr Kennedy Agyapong’s version of events.
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