The assembly member of the Sogakope South Electoral Area in the Volta Region, Mr Marcus Mawutor Adzahli, was yesterday shot and killed by about eight unidentified gunmen, who stormed his residence at dawn.
They shot him in the head and chest repeatedly, and stabbed him many times in the ribs, before bolting with a safe containing an undisclosed amount of money, according to neighbours of the deceased.
His son escaped death with gunshot wounds while the wife was said to have been severely tortured. The victims are currently receiving treatment at hospital.
Sogakope has been thrown into a state of grief, fear, chaos and mourning over the incident.
The body of the deceased had been deposited at the Sogakope District Hospital mortuary at the time of filing this report.
Meanwhile, a large number of residents have cordoned off the town, preventing vehicles from leaving and entering the town, to demonstrate their pain and anger over the gruesome murder of the assembly member.
The people blamed the police for not responding swiftly to distress calls made to them by the deceased, friends and neighbours as soon as the gunmen entered the area.
Briefing the Ghanaian Times on phone yesterday, Deputy Commissioner of Police Commanding the Volta Region, Mr E. Kwateng said that a manhunt was underway for the gunmen.
At the time of filing this report, the District Chief Executive of South Tongu, Mr Emmanuel Agama, was making frantic efforts to convince the angry crowd to re-open Sogakope to traffic, and to calm them, as investigations into the matter had begun.
Attempts by the Ghanaian Times to talk to the District Police Command did not succeed due to the volatile situation at the charge office.
“There is too much tension at the station now, so please call later,” said an officer at the station.
The late assembly member, a father of three, was believed to be in his 30s.
He was also the Chief Executive Officer of the Marc Greenline Ventures at Sogakope.
FROM ALBERTO MARIO NORETTI, HO