Ex-Assemblyman held over K’si shooting

A former assemblyman for Afia Kobi Electoral Area is assisting the police in a shooting incident at Alabar, in Kumasi.

Mohammed Kamal Deen Yakub was said to have fired warning shots into a crowd of youths which hit one Salawu Salahi in the leg.

The Zongo District Police Commander, Superintendent Reverend Samuel Nyamekye Adane-Ameyaw confirmed the incident to The Ghanaian Times, saying the suspect turned himself in and handed the weapon to the police.

He said the police were investigating the circumstance that led to the gunshot and said the victim was rushed to the Manhyia Hospital but was referred to the Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital.

The incident, he said happened when the former assemblyman decided to carry out a clean-up exercise in the area.

According to Supt. Adane-Ameyaw, the former assemblyman called him to request for police protection claiming that some youths in the area were trying to prevent him from undertaking the exercise.

But The Ghanaian Times gathered that the former assemblyman had a confrontation with a resident whose name was only given as Mallam, who tried to stop him from fumigating a particular place as part of the clean-up exercise.

Mallam was said to have complained that the fumigation would rather breed mosquitoes in the area as it had happened before.

During the process, the former assemblyman was said to have gone home and returned with a pump action gun which he fired to scare the youths who had been attracted to the scene.

The police have granted him enquiry bail as investigations continue.

From Kingley E. Hope, Kumasi        

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