Ghana: Ghana: 'Bloody week' reported in Ghanaian media

Accra, Ghana (PANA) – The Ghanaian media this week reported a number of killings that rocked the country, with the assassination of a Member of Parliament, shooting dead by police of two people mistaken for armed robbers and bloody clashes between Muslim youth and residents of Tafo, a suburb in Kumasi, Ghana’s second largest city, being the most prominent.

The state-owned Graphic newspaper had the headline “Nation expresses shock” in its story on the murder of Mr Joseph Boakye Danquah-Adu, an MP of the main opposition New Patriotic Party (NPP).

It reported that the Mr Danquah-Adu, 50, MP for Abuakwa North, in the Eastern Region, was murdered in cold blood on Tuesday, after he was attacked by unidentified assailants at his residence in Accra.

It said the MP was suspected to have been stabbed multiple times during the attack at about 01:45 GMT.

The newspaper said there were bloodstains on the wall behind the house and footprints, which were believed to be those of the attackers, in the backyard.

President John Dramani Mahama has expressed shock at the murder of the MP while the presidential candidate of the NPP, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, has appealed for thorough investigations.

The police announced that five persons were helping their investigations into the crime.

The state-owned Ghanaian Times reported the story under the headline, “Abuakwa North MP murdered.”

It quoted the MP for Abuakwa South, John Boadu, as saying that security measures at the homes of MPs should be looked at critically to prevent such heinous crimes.

He expressed the hope that the police would do a professional job to unravel the mystery behind the death of the MP.

The Ghanaian Times reported on Friday that the prime suspect in the murder of the MP had been apprehended by the Accra Regional Police Command.

It said the alleged killer was arrested during an operation led by the Regional Commander, Commissioner of Police Dr. George Akuffo Dampare.

The suspect, according to the source, has confessed to killing the MP.

He was arrested with three phones, two of which were identified by the police as belonging  to the murdered MP. The third phone has a password on it.

The Graphic, in a story on Thursday under the headline, “Bloody day in Ashanti,” reported that bloody and violent scenes were recorded in two towns in the Ashanti Region Wednesday, resulting in the loss of three lives.

At Asante Mampong, the police mistook two persons for armed robbers and shot them dead, while at Tafo, a suburb of Kumasi, a dispute over land used by Muslims as a cemetery led to the death of another person.

It said in the case of Mampong, the police were said to have responded to a distress call from a tutor of the Mampong Nursing and Midwifery Training College, but in the process of dealing with the robbers, they shot dead another teacher and his younger brother who had arrived from their village in the Upper West Region on a visit on Tuesday night.

The suspected robbers, it was alleged, fled when they realised that an alarm had been raised, before the deceased tutor and his brother arrived at the scene on a motorbike.

The Graphic said a bloody dispute between Muslims in Tafo and the chiefs and people of Tafo over land brought the whole community to a standstill, forcing the Ashanti Regional Security Council (REGSEC) to impose a dusk-to-dawn curfew on Tafo.

One person was confirmed dead after clashes between the Muslim youth and traditional authorities over the piece of land, said to have been given to the Muslims for a cemetery but allegedly said to have been sold to some developers.

The incident occurred when the Muslim youth were said to be building a fence around a portion of the cemetery that had been allotted to the Muslim community, but this was said to have angered the youth of the town.

The Muslims claimed the piece of land had been encroached upon by some mechanics who had resettled there. They therefore wanted to build the fence the place to secure the land.

However, the chief opposed their move and explained that the Muslims had gone beyond their bounds. Peace has returned to the town as the military and police have been deployed to maintain law and order. Efforts are also being made to the National Peace Council to mediate in the conflict.
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13 february 2016 09:44:31

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