Clearing agent killed

•    George Kwesi Agbenu, the deceased

• George Kwesi Agbenu, the deceased

A 47-year-old clearing agent, George Kwesi Agbenu, was shot in the head at his residence at Jericho, a suburb of Ashaiman at dawn on Tuesday by three unknown men who fled after the attack.

He was rushed to a nearby clinic but had to be referred to the 37 Military Hospital where he was pronounced dead on arrival.

When The Ghanaian Times got to the scene at about 3:30 p.m. on Tuesday, the Homicide Unit of the Ghana Police Service was there to conduct investigations.

There was a pool of blood at the deceased’s enclosed porch with blood stains in the curtain at the entrance to his door.

Friends and residents of the area, had gathered in the house to mourn with the bereaved family.

An uncle of the deceased, Mr. Charles Amegbanu, told our reporter that information available to the family indicated that at about 3:15 a.m., the deceased heard a gunshot outside his door after which he was allegedly shot in his room.

He said nothing was taken from the deceased’s room and he was also told the perpetrators of the act had earlier gone to one of the tenant’s door in the compound house, but he drove them away before coming to the deceased place which was just a few metres away.

Mr. Amegbanu said the family was traumatised and prayed that the police would bring the culprits to book.

The Tema Regional Police Commander, Deputy Commissioner of Police (DCOP) Beatrice Zakpa Vib-Sanziri and some policemen from the Tema Regional Office, the Ashaiman District and Divisional Police Command were at the scene in the morning to assess the situation.

In an interview with the Tema Regional Police Public Relations Officer, Assistant Superintendent of Police (ASP) Juliana Obeng, she confirmed the shooting and death of the clearing agent.

She said according to a daughter of the deceased, the three men entered the house and forcibly opened their sitting room door and shot her father just upon seeing him and fled.

She said when he was rushed to a nearby clinic, he was later transferred to the 37 Military Hospital where he died.

The police are investigating the matter and are calling on all members of the public, especially residents of Ashaiman to give the police information leading to the arrest of the culprits.

“We are assuring the public that whatever information they give us no matter how scanty will be very helpful and would be kept as a secret” ASP Oppong said.

From Dzifa Tetteh, Ashaiman   

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