GhanaWeb has observed contradicting media coverage over the alleged denial of the arrest of a guy who was seen publicly beating a young child in a viral video.
According to media reports on Thursday afternoon, Richard Kofi, the man thought to be the father in the viral video of the baby being spanked, was detained on Wednesday at Akaa Buem in Jasikan, in the Oti area.
According to an additional claim, police also arrested the suspect’s wife.
However, the Police abruptly reversed course and denied these allegations, despite the fact that their ongoing investigation to find the offending person is pursuing several leads.
“As part of the ongoing investigation to find the person who was involved in the child abuse video that has gone viral on social media, the Police are following a number of leads. There hasn’t been a confirmed arrest in relation with the case yet. According to a police statement that was cited by Accra-based Citi FM to deny the arrest, “Our intelligence teams and professionals from the Police Cyber Crime Unit are working around the clock to resolve the matter.”
GhanaWeb’s inquiries to the Ghana Police Service to determine the veracity of both reports have come up empty. The Ghana Police Service is quick to post a statement to that effect on its official social media platforms in many instances of such denial or even confirmation.
On their official social media accounts, the Police have uploaded a message from October 4 appealing for assistance in rescuing a youngster who is being harmed.
“The Police have discovered a shocking social media video in which a male adult is shown severely striking a baby underneath a tree.
The person responsible is being sought out in order to have him apprehended and the youngster rescued.
Given the urgency of the situation, a prize of GHC 2,000 has been set up for anyone who can offer reliable information that could result in the person’s capture and the child’s rescue.
The statement from October 4 ended, “Anyone with such information should call the police on 0243809991.