Killing of suspected armed robbers in K’si – Minister briefs Parliament

Mr Ambrose Dery ,Interior Minister

Mr Ambrose Dery ,Interior Minister

Mr Ambrose Dery, the Minister of the Interior, has corroborated the account of the police, regarding circumstances that led to the shooting and killing of two suspected armed robbers in Kumasi a fortnight ago.

The two suspects, Lukman Mohammed and Awudu Osman, were gunned down by the police for allegedly attempting to escape lawful arrest.

The incident has irked the youth of Aboabo in the Asawase Constituency of the Ashanti Region where Awudu was said to be a resident, prompting the MP for the area to request that the Interior Minister briefed the House on the matter.

Mr.Dery, was in Parliament to brief members on the incident on Wednesday, said the two deceased suspects were arrested by the police upon information given by a different armed robbery gang, who indicted Awudu and Lukman of engaging in armed robbery operations.

During interrogation, the minister said, Lukman and Awudu “admitted their involvement in a series of robberies, using motorcycles and taxis. They disclosed that they had two foreign made pistols which they promised to assist the police retrieve”.

The pistols could not be traced when the suspects were taken to their places of abode because “information of their arrest had gotten to their families who allegedly ransacked their rooms to retrieve any incriminating evidence before the police got there”, he told the Members of Parliament (MPs).

Upon further interrogation, Mr. Dery said the suspects told the police that they had hidden the pistols at a different location where the police had agreed to follow up on.

“While the police were busily searching for the weapons in the presence of the suspects, the suspects who were handcuffed individually escaped from their control and in order to immobilise them, the police fired at them, but Awudu died on the spot while Lukman died on the way to hospital,” the minister said.

Unsatisfied by the accounts, the Asawase MP, Alhaji Mohammed Muntaka-Mubarak, said further probe must be conducted to establish the truth or otherwise of the police’s account.

He said that even before the alleged suspects were killed, the police had kept them in custody for more than 48 hours without sending them to court as stipulated by law.

Alhaji Muntaka-Mubarak decried the action of the police, wondering how persons in handcuff will attempt to flee from heavily armed police, adding that “the family of Awudu is deeply grieved because he has never stolen”.

Joseph Dindiok Kpenka, a Deputy Attorney General, and MP for Tempane, said the killing was a violation of the most basic right of the deceased – the right to life – has been violated, and urged the Interior Minister to make available to the House the autopsy report of the deceased.

He said government was committed to ensuring the rights and liberties of every citizen were protected.

Osei Kyei-Mensah-Bonsu, the Majority Leader, demanded explanation of what minimum force connotes, because in his view, the police hide behind that to commit crimes, which were condemnable and reprehensible.

Mr Haruna Iddrisu, the Minority Leader supported the Majority Leader’s request of explanation to what constitute minimum force.

The two leaders urged the youth of Aboabo to remain calm and respect the structures of the state, as efforts were being made to get to the bottom of the matter.

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