Assistant Superintendent of Police, (ASP) Emmanuel Kwaku Asilevi, who was shot and killed during the 21st January, 2018 attack on the Kwabenya Police Station by armed men who freed inmates from the Police cell, has been posthumously honoured by the Police Service together with twelve others who died in the line of duty.
President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo Addo joined the Police Command to perform the memorial ceremony at the National Police Training School at Tesono in Accra.
The Minister for the Interior, Ambrose Dery; the Inspector General of Police, David Asante-Apeatu; the Chief of Defence Staff, Lieutenant General Obed Akwa; Deputy Minister for Defence, Major-retired Derrick Oduro, and the entire Police Service hierarchy joined the President to observe the Memorial Day.
The President, who lighted the perpetual flame subsequently laid the first wreath for and on behalf of the Government and people of Ghana.
The Inspector General of Police, David Asante-Apeatu laid the second wreath on behalf of the Ghana Police Service, a representative of the bereaved families laid the third wreath and the last was laid on behalf of the chieftaincy institution by a representative of traditional rulers.
President Akufo Addo before departing, toured the cenotaph and signed the remembrance book.
The officers honoured
At the 2018 ceremony, thirteen Police officers were honoured.
ASP Emmanuel Kwaku Asilevi, Chief Inspector Adolph Mutse, Corporal Nicholas Duku, Corporal Daniel Adu Tieku, and Corporal Prosper Ashinyo, had their names engraved on the Wall of Honour.
Sergeant Yakubu Seidu, Sergeant Emmanuel Aduko, Sergeant Owusu Appiah, Corporal Salifu Alhassan, Corporal Thomas Kwame Adu, Lance Corporal Animon Kwaku Danso, Lance Corporal Abdulai Sumaila, and Constable Emmanuel Lamptey, also had their names inscribed in the “Roll of Honour.”
The Police Memorial Day
The Police Memorial Day was first celebrated in the year 2014.
In the maiden celebration, all officers who qualified for honours prior to the day were immortalised.
Two years later in 2016, a cenotaph was inaugurated for the purpose of cresting a “Wall of Honour.”
Fifteen Police officers were immortalised in that year with eight names engraved on the “Wall of Honour” and seven inscribed in the “Roll of Honour.”
Similarly, in the 2017, nine Police officers were honoured.
Five of them had their names engraved on the “Wall of Honour” and the remaining inscribed in the “Roll of Honour”.
By: Sammi Wiafe | citinewsroom.com | Ghana