Management of Midland Savings and Loans Limited says, its onlooking staff during an assault on a client by a police officer, have been suspended.
A statement issued Monday by the embarrassed financial company says all staff who were witnesses to the cruel act and could not restrain the police officer, or ensure the safety of Madam Patience Osafo and her toddler grandchild, will also be dealt with according to internal disciplinary procedures.
“For this reason, all staff involved have been suspended as internal disciplinary procedures continue,” said the statement signed by Deputy Managing Director, Isaac Mensah.
Patience Osafo, 36 suffered severe bruises, a medical report has suggested. Her two-month-old grandson whom she was holding while being assaulted also suffered some contortions on the face.
She was assaulted and battered by the armed police officer last Thursday at the banking hall of the Savings and Loans Company where she had gone to cash her own money she deposited.
The incident has received widespread condemnation from all Ghanaians, including the police administration, which has since arrested the officer, Frederick Amanor.
The president, Nana Akufo-Addo has since condemned the incident, and the officer has been arrested.
The bank claims it has had “initial discussions” with representatives of Patience Osafo while its team is “in that process of fashioning out an appropriate compensation package” for the lady, although it acknowledges that it would not be to totally alleviate the pain and embarrassment she suffered.
Read the full statement below:
Monday 23rd JULY 2018
MIDLAND S&L APOLOGY, SUSPENSION OF STAFF & MEETING WITH VICTIM
The management of Midland Savings and Loans is totally gutted and disgusted by an act of assault meted out to our cherished customer, Madam Patience Osafo at our East Legon Branch on 19th July 2018.
For more than twenty years, Midland Savings and Loans has supported small to medium scale businesses, various pro-poor projects, traders and other business people in the formal and informal sectors with deposit and loan products, financial and business advisory services that have been convenient, timely, worthy and relevant to the needs of our customers.
At the core of our work principles and values lies a strict attention to customer satisfaction on which we do not comprise under any circumstances whatsoever.
Sadly however, our equity in quality customer service built over years of business engagements was thrown to the dogs when a police officer assigned to our organization assaulted a customer at our East Legon branch in the evening of 19th July 2018.
As an organization, we do not condone assault of any form and totally condemn the barbaric act. We also regret to say that we find it totally shameful that our staff on duty at the time of the incident could not restrain the police officer from inflicting any further harm on our customer.
This is very sad for us.
We are by this release unreservedly apologising to the victim, her family and the general public. No one deserves to be treated that way under any circumstance whatsoever.
We are also ready and willing to cooperate fervently with the Ghana Police Service to ensure that the officer in question, who until this unfortunate incident had been one of the very best we ever worked with is reprimanded appropriately and in accordance with the disciplinary terms of the Ghana Police Service.
As an institution that prides itself in quality customer service, our staff on duty who were witnesses to this cruel act and could not restrain the police officer or ensure the safety of our customer and the child will also be dealt with according to our internal disciplinary procedures. For this reason, all staff involved have been suspended as internal disciplinary procedures continue.
In the mean time, management have had initial discussions with representatives of Patience Osafo and the legal team are in the process of fashioning out an appropriate compensation package for our customer and same shall be communicated to her in due course.
Indeed there is no amount of recompense that can mitigate or even totally alleviate the pain and embarrassment meted out to our dear customer who only wanted her money. We are only hoping that these gestures will go a long way to express our deep remorse and promise that never again will such a barbaric act happen at any of our branches.
Deputy Managing Director