Thursday, 15 April

Tema: Policeman kills himself on Val's Day; third cop suicide in just 2 weeks

DSP Asiam Divine Yao shot himself in the head through the chin and the bullet came out of one eye

A third police officer has taken his life in just two weeks.

Fifty-year-old DSP Asiam Divine Yao of the Ashiaman Court Unit, according to sources, killed himself with his own gun at his residence at Tema Community 18, Borteyman.

He died at the Police Hospital on Valentine’s Day, 2021.

A police situation report sighted by said at about 07:45 hours today, Valentine’s Day, the Adjei-Kojo District Crime Officer gathered information to the effect that “there was a shooting incident in the room of DSP Devine Asiam of Tema Courts Unit at Borteyman”.

“Men were dispatched to the scene and met the officer with a gunshot wound around his left eye suspected to be self-inflicted and bleeding profusely but still alive. He was quickly rushed to the Police Hospital for medical attention where he was admitted but died shortly after”, the reported noted.

It continued that the “police returned to the room where the incident happened and retrieved a Pietro Berretta pistol smeared with blood on the floor”.

“Four live rounds of ammunition were found in its magazine”, the report said.

It added: “A suicide note dated 14/02/2021 at about 01.30 hrs and a spent shell were also retrieved”.

According to the report, “the exhibits retrieved are being kept for evidence”.

“The District Crime Officer, DSP Akrofi Ansah and the investigator, D/PW/Sgt. Victoria Afedo, proceeded to the Police Hospital where he was seen on a stretcher in a supine position. Examination on the body revealed gunshot wounds to the chin and top of his left eye, suggesting he shot himself under his chin and the bullet exited through the top of his left eye”, the report described.


It said the “crime scene officers have been notified and are proceeding to the scene. Further development will be communicated”.

On 1 February 2021, G/Const. Yelnona Eugene, who was stationed at the National Protection Unit (NPU), was found dead in a washroom at his duty post in an apparent suicide.

Sources say he had been unwell for some time now and, so, went on leave for treatment.

He resumed work on Friday, 29 January 2021 and applied for an extension of his leave so he could complete his therapy and treatment, since he was still not well, but was not granted that request.

Mr Yelnona Eugene, who was put on residential guard duty at the Ridge residence of Togolese opposition leader Sylvio Olympio in Accra, is alleged to have shot himself in the washroom on Monday dawn.

That incident came just three days after the Jomoro Municipal Police Commander in the Western Region, Superintendent of Police (SP) Cyprian Zenge, allegedly took his own life.

The officer committed suicide by shooting himself at his bungalow in Half Assini in the early hours of Saturday, 30 January 2021

A suicide note found by his body, read: "I am fed up in this world".

The Public Relations Officer of the Western Regional Police Command, Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP), Ms. Olivia Adiku, confirmed the news to the Ghana News Agency in Takoradi.

The late SP Zenge was posted to Jomoro Municipality as the Municipal Commander in early 2017.

He was from Nandom in the Upper West Region and died at the age of 57.

The Jomoro Municipality was his first place to work as a District Commander.