The West Hills Mall in Accra’s management has clarified the sequence of events that led to the death of a 32-year-old man on its premises.
Mr. Shadrach Arloo was killed after a fight with a police officer at the Mall.
The police have launched an investigation after a video of the incident went viral.
The Mall issued a statement explaining that its surveillance system captured the officer’s attempts to apprehend Mr. Arloo.
According to eyewitnesses and Mall security, the officer suspected Mr. Arloo of having illegal substances in his possession and asked to search his bag.
According to witnesses, the suspect took something from his bag and swallowed it, resulting in an altercation.
According to the Mall’s cameras, an initial struggle occurred as the officer attempted to handcuff the suspect.
The suspect eventually stopped struggling and appeared ill.
He was taken to the on-site medical facility, where he was pronounced dead.
“The West Hills Mall management is shocked by this unfortunate incident.
“We express our heartfelt condolences to the deceased’s family and trust that the Police will handle the situation appropriately,” the Mall’s statement continued.
Incident at West Hills Mall on Monday, January 30, 2023
The Management of West Hills Mall hereby confirms that an incident occurred on its premises in the afternoon of Monday, January 30, 2023 which unfortunately resulted in a fatality.
By eyewitness and mall security personnel accounts, at approximately 3:15pm on January 30, 2023, a visitor was confronted by a Police Officer and asked to present his bag for examination. The Police Officer ostensibly suspected the customer, a young man between 25 and 30 years, of possessing drugs or banned substances. The accounts indicate that the young man hesitated, removed something from his bag and swallowed it as the policeman approached him.
West Hills Mall’s 24-hour security surveillance system captured footage of the officer apprehending the young man, as well as another man who accompanied him, as they headed for the main entrance of the mall. In an attempt to handcuff the young man, a struggle between the parties ensued while the Police Officer tried to handcuff him.
He was eventually handcuffed but stopped struggling and appeared unwell after that. The Police subsequently removed the cuffs from his hands, and Mall Security arranged for transportation for him to be taken to the medical facility on-site. Sadly, he was pronounced dead by Medics upon arrival.
The Weija District Police have since retrieved the body of the deceased.
The Management of West Hills Mall is shocked by this ill-fated incident. We convey our sincerest condolences to the deceased’s family as we trust that the Police will handle the matter further.
Assiastant Asset Manager,
West Africa Asset Management