Four Killed By Gunman

What is to be a joyous and memorable event in the lives of the people of Ekumfi Essakyir, in the Ekumfi District of the Central Region, at the weekend, turned sour as four people who were at the durbar grounds were shot and killed by a gunman who was firing musketry as part of the ceremony.

The four, together with other citizens of the land and well wishers were at the durbar grounds to witness the installation of Nana Essel VII, as Odikro for the area.

One person known as Mpaa, 20, who was seriously wounded following shot wounds he sustained as a result of the incident had been transferred to the Korle Bu Teaching Hospital in Accra.

As the people started firing the musket during a procession as part of heralding the installation, one of them mistakenly shot into the people resulting in the death of the four individuals.

Briefing The Ghanaian Times yesterday, the Mfantsiman District Commander, DSP David Ashong, said that the four died instantly while the only surviving victim had been rushed to the Korle Bu Teaching Hospital.

He said a 50-year old man, Anthony Forson,  fired AAA cartridges from a single barrel gun during the procession which hit the five persons resulting in the death of the four people.

He gave the names of the deceased persons as Kojo Yaago, 40, a security man at Ahmadiyya Secondary School; Paa Joe, 17; Kwadwo Latif, 19 and Fazerat Quayson, 17.

He said that the suspect, had been arrested and is assisting the police in its investigations.

The installation process, however went ahead, after calm had been restored at the durbar grounds.

The case had meanwhile, been transferred to the Criminal Investigations Department (CID) of the Police Service in Accra. From David Yarboi-Tetteh, Cape Coast

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