Killing of 7 suspected robbers in K’si: Govt to set up c’ttee

Mr. David Asante-Apeatu,  IGP

Mr. David Asante-Apeatu, IGP

Government is to set up an independent committee to investigate circumstances leading to the killing of seven suspected robbers from a Zongo community in Kumasi, by the police at Manso Nkwanta in the Ashanti Region.

A statement from the Information Ministry, sighted by the Ghanaian Times, explained that the government took the decision as a result of the conflicting accounts it has received over the issue.

“Since the police and the families of the seven young men have different versions of the occurrence, the government has decided to set up an independent committee to investigate the matter,” it stated.

This is coming after a planned meeting of the Inspector General of Police (IGP) David Asante-Appeatu in the company of a government delegation  and the Zongo community at the central mosque, here, was botched following an attack on them by the irate youth on Friday.

There was a scuffle between the police and the youth, who pelted the police with stones and other dangerous implements and the police fired teargas to disperse the crowd.

There was police reinforcement after the IGP and the delegation, including Information Minister, Dr. Mustapha Abdul-Hamid, Minister of Inner City and Zongo Development, Alhaji Boniface Abubakar Saddique, and the Ashanti Regional Minister, Simon Osei-Mensah, had left the scene.

Earlier the IGP and his team had had an indoor meeting with the Asantehene, Otumfuo Osei Tutu II, over the incident.

Last Tuesday, Ashanti Regional Police Command stressed its determination to investigate the killing of the seven suspected robbers.

According to the Regional Police Commander, Deputy Commissioner of Police (DCOP) Kwasi Duku, at a press briefing on Tuesday, the police had information that some suspected robbers were attacking a mining site àt Manso Nkwanta, in the Amansie West District of Ashanti,

He said policemen who were deployed to the area spotted a Toyota Corolla, BA 294-15, heading toward Poano, which was signalled to stop, but the occupants refused, and rather started firing at the police, who returned fire.

The shootout came barely a week after eight suspected robbers engaged the police in a crossfire resulting in the killing of one of the police and injury of another.

The body of the deceased was kept at the Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital (KATH) in Kumasi.

FROM KINGSLEY E. HOPE, KUMASI

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