We are indeed living in a world ruled and shaped by social media.
Social media has helped people become presidents of their countries and it has also helped the underprivileged get noticed.
The latter is true for the grandmother who was physically abused by a police officer in a Midlands Savings and Loans branch after she refused to leave the banking hall until she is able to withdraw her own savings.
Since the video of her abuse went viral – social media kicked in and went on the charge for justice.
The initial reactions to the video were utter disgust…
…and it didn’t get any better when more details about the incident started coming out.
For instance – she is actually a grandmother who sells toffees and tissues at Spanner Junction for a living.
Her grandchild was born after her daughter was raped and then she had been borrowing to feed her family so she had been visiting the bank to withdraw her own savings to settle her debts.
After social media users kept tagging the President H.E Nana Akufo-Addo, the Ghana Police Service in the viral video – an action was taken.
The police and Midlands Savings and Loans were given ultimatums to make things right
Hours after the social media outrage Lance Corporal Godzi Federick Amanor was arrested and the Ghana Police Service released a statement condemning his actions and sending out a strong warning to other police officers to desist from committing such human right abuses.
Thereafter, Midland Savings and Loans also released a statement condemning the actions of the police officer.
“We wish to render an unqualified apology to the customer in question and the general public for the uncivilized act,” the Midland statement said.
The Public Relations Officer of the company, George Hagan later told the media that they have reached out to the abused grandmother to compensate her.
Until Lance Corporal Amanor is punished for his actions and the grandmother compensated for her ordeal – we doubt social media will put this case to bed.
But before that happens Ghanaians have already dug into their generous selves to make donations to the poor woman at the centre of all this.
Reports indicate that about GHS 12,000 have been donated to the lady.
Collins Owusu Amankwa, an MP, pledged to donate GHS 2,000 to the lady.
Now the staff of Midland Savings and Loans that were present when the police officer abused the grandmother have been suspended by the company.
In a statement, the financial service company said the staff failed to implement customer care training they have been taught.