Police investigate death of TEWU General Secretary in Kumasi hotel

Late Ralph A. Apaaya

Late Ralph A. Apaaya

The Asokwa police have begun an intensive investigation into the mysterious death of the General Secretary of the Teachers and Education Workers’ Union (TEWU), Ralph A. Apaaya, whose body was found in his hotel room, in Kumasi.

Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP) George Bawa, Asokwa Police Commander, who confirmed the investigation to The Ghanaian Times, here, said the body of Mr. Apaaya was collected from the hotel room by the police on Saturday, and had deposited it at the Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital’s (KATH) mortuary for autopsy.

Asked whether there was any suspicion of a foul play, DSP Bawa responded in the negative, saying “at the moment, we do not suspect any foul play, but we have launched an intensive investigation into the incident”.

The deceased and his colleagues were said to have booked for an accommodation at the Ceeta-Kel hotel, near the Baba Yara stadium, in Kumasi.

According to the hotel manager, Emmanuel Amoako, the deceased was in the company of other eight colleagues who booked accommodation on August 7, for the 10th Quadrennial Delegates Congress of the Trades Union Congress(TUC) under the theme, “Building workers for descent work and national development’’, at the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology(KNUST).

Mr. Amoako indicated that the deceased and his colleagues were expected to leave the hotel on Saturday, August 13, 2016.

“In the morning of Saturday all his colleagues were ready and but telephone calls to the deceased’s room were not being responded to and so we used a master key to open the door to his room,” he indicated.

The hotel manager said when the master key was inserted, it was realised there was a key behind, which compelled the management to cut the wire netting of the window and lo and behold, there was Mr. Apaaya lying on the bed.

He said the Asokwa police was called in and they broke the door, saying that “the deceased was wearing a jeans trouser with no shirt on, and was lying on the bed”.

According to Mr. Amoako some of the deceased’s colleagues claimed that he (Apaaya) was not feeling well when they were coming for the congress but because he was the General Secretary, he decided to come.

He claimed that there were some medicines in the hotel room, an indication that he might have been on medication as he was not fit.

From Kingsley E. Hope, Kumasi

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