3rd police officer commits suicide in less than 3 weeks

A police officer with the Legal and Prosecutions Unit in Ashaiman has allegedly committed suicide in Tema Community 18.

According to the Tema Regional Police Command, DSP Asiam Divine Yao shot himself in his Bortiman residence.

The 50-year-old reportedly died in the early hours of Sunday, February 14, 2021, after being rushed to the Police Hospital.

In a statement issued by the Command’s Public Relations Officer, “investigation has already commenced unraveling the circumstances of his death.

“His family has also been informed,” C/Inspr. Stella Dede Dzakpasu indicated.

This brings to three, the number of men in uniform who have allegedly taken their own lives over the past three weeks.

On January 30, the Half Assini District Police Commander, Supt Cyprian Zenge was reported to have shot himself in his house.

According to the assemblyman for the area, Kizito Trill Erzoah, the deceased left behind a note which read, “I am fed up”.

Two days later, another police officer with the National Protection Unit (NPU), Constable Eugene Yelnona reportedly committed suicide by shooting himself in the Greater Accra Region.

On the day of the alleged incident, he was providing security at the residence of a Togolese opposition leader, Gilcrest Olympio who is resident in Ghana.

According to reports, Mr Yelnona shot himself in the washroom of the residence of the Togolese opposition leader in the early hours of Monday, February 1, 2021.

Meanwhile, Graphic Online reported that the officer had requested a leave extension to seek medical attention which was described as “somehow psychological” but his superiors denied his request.

Source told the Online portal, Constable Yelnona was forced to resume his leave on Friday, January 29, 2021, and was put on guard duty at the residence of the Togolese opposition leader at Ridge in Accra.

His body was then found in the washroom of the Togo opposition leader.

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