The Ghana Police Service has announced the arrest of Flt. Sergeant Nicholas Owusu Frimpong in connection with the discharge of a firearm at A&C Mall, East Legon, on Friday, December 31, 2021.
The suspect was arrested courtesy of a collaboration between the Police and the Military Police. This followed a Police investigation into a viral video that showed a man firing several shots of a firearm at the A&C Mall in Accra.
“The suspect, Flt. Sergeant Nicholas Owusu is currently detained by the Military Police whilst investigations continue,” the Police statement said.
The man purportedly fired the firearm to welcome the New Year and the Police in its statement also cautioned the public to desist from acts that threaten public safety when celebrating.
As we continue to make merry for the new year, we want to urge the public to be guided in their celebrations and desist from acts that compromise public safety and order”.
The Police had in an earlier statement offered a GH¢5,000 bounty for information leading to the arrest of the shooter.
The Police have taken a serious stance against the actions of the young man since it is a crime to discharge a firearm in public without lawful and necessary occasion under Section 209 of the Criminal Offences Act 1960 (Act 29).
Meanwhile, some Facebook users said the man handled the advanced weapon too masterfully to be a civilian, so the police must dig deeper into the matter.
“My take on this. This young man isn’t acting this way because he is an arrogant rich dude. You can see from his build and the way he is handling the weapon with ease that he has some kind of formal training with one of our security services.
“To fire a sing shot of an AK-47 with one hand is hard talk less of firing multiple rounds. I think he is service personnel who is trying to let someone know he is in charge or trying to show his power or trying to impress someone it looks like the weapon was given to him legally but he is abusing it.
“So I suggest the authorities take a dive into security personnel’s who were on duty in and around ANC mall at the time. I mean across all security units,” one Guy Morefocused Mohammed wrote and others agreed with him.