Killing of 7 alleged armed robbers: Interdict 21 Police – Government orders Police administration

Mr Ambrose Dery, Minister for the Interior

Mr Ambrose Dery, Minister for the Interior

Government has directed that the 21 police personnel involved in the shooting of seven alleged armed robbers at Manso- Nkwanta in the Amansie West District of the Ashanti Region on July 17, 2018 be interdicted by the Police administration.

They are also to be subjected to criminal investigations to establish their level of complicity or otherwise in the whole incident.

This follows the findings of the five-member committee established by the government to investigate into the shootings contained in a report which indicated that the seven deceased persons were neither armed robbers nor engaged the police in a shootout as reported by the police on the day of the incident.

A statement issued and signed by the Minister of Information, Mr Kojo Oppong Nkrumah in Accra yesterday said the committee had completed with its investigations and submitted its report to the government.

It said there were no facts to establish that the deceased persons were armed robbers who engaged in exchange of fire with the police.

“Government upon careful study of the report has decided that the 21 police personnel involved in the incident who have been found to be principal suspects be interdicted by the police administration and be subjected to formal police criminal investigation into the matter,” it said.

The statement further said government in the interim was in consultation with the families and the community leaders to provide support for dependents of the deceased persons.

“Government assures the general public that due process will be followed in the pursuit of justice and calls for continued calm and patience pending a conclusive determination of the matter,” It said.

On Tuesday, July 17 the police was reported to have gunned down seven alleged armed robbers in separate shooting incidents at Manso-Nkwanta.

The police shooting of the alleged armed robbers was said to have been carried out barely a week after eight suspected armed robbers were said to have engaged the police in a shootout leading to the killing of one of them and injuring another.

However, the news of the killings sparked out riots in Asewase in the Kumasi Metropolis as family members and other members of the community protested against the actions of the police, claiming the seven were innocent.

Meanwhile our sources at the police headquarters revealed that the police hierarchy was yet to receive a copy of the report and also the directive from the government.

By Times Reporter

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