20,November,2018, Muniratu Adams Zanzeh of Maykradioonline
The Government committee has interrogated the incident of the shooting of some seven people at Manso-Nkwanta in Amansie West District of the Ashanti Region has concluded that there is no prove that the victims were armed robbers as claimed by the Police.
Government has therefore decided to interdict the 21 police personnel who were involved in the incident and subject them to formal police criminal investigations.
The Police had earlier insisted that the deceased were robbers who engaged them in a gun battle before they were overpowered and killed, position that has been challenged by residents and families of the victims.
In a report signed by the Information Of Minister, Kojo Oppong Nkrumah, the Seven young men who were described by the police as ‘hardened criminals’ are innocent.
The report showed that “there were no facts before the investigation committee to establish that the deceased persons were armed robbers who engaged in exchange of fire with the Police”.
Also, government will in consultation with families and community leaders provide support for dependents of the deceased persons.
Seven young men, including five natives of Asawase, a Zongo community in Kumasi, were reportedly shot to death by armed policemen some months ago
Prior to the setting up of the committee, some Zongo youth have violently protested claims by the police that the seven persons who were shot to death were armed robbers.
However, Government has assured the general public that due process will be followed in the pursuit of justice and called for continued calm and patience, pending a conclusive determination of the matter.