The Ghana Police Service has arrested Lebanese national who was captured in a widely condemned viral video threatening to slaughter a Ghanaian man during an argument
On Tuesday, April 12, 2022, the man was seen in a viral video holding a sheath and a sword while making threatening gestures in the midst of a pleading crowd.
According to a Facebook user, Benjamin Wayo, the Lebanese man “parked his car in front of the shop of the man at Osu for almost an hour. When the shop owner finally told him to park his car well so that he can also do his business, the Lebanese started abusing him verbally and telling him he will kill him.”
The Ghana Police Service subsequently responded to the viral video, saying that it had taken notice of the video and was looking into the matter.
The police in a statement shared on its Facebook page named the suspect as Osman Brustani.
“The Ghana Police Service has arrested Osman Brustani in connection with a viral video in which he was captured threatening the life of his victim.
The suspect is in police custody and will be taken through the due process of the law,” the police said.
As part of the announcement of his arrest, the police noted that the Inspector General of Police, Dr George Akuffo Dampare has reached out to the victim of the incident.
According to the police, the truamatised victim on the instructions of the IGP has been assigned a clinical psychologist to provide him with psychological support.
Suspect in Viral Video Arrested
The Ghana Police Service has arrested Osman Brustani in connection with a viral video in which he was captured threatening the life of his victim.
— Ghana Police Service (@GhPoliceService) April 13, 2022
In the 15 seconds amateur viral video, a group of men try to stop the Lebanese from proceeding to enter the shop to carry out his intended action.
While being restrained, he is heard shouting “Come out! Come out! Come Out, I will cut your neck [gesturing to slash his throat with the sword].”
He then dashes towards the shop where the Ghanaian is seeking hostage while a man tries to restrain him again.