Member of Parliament for Asawase in the Ashanti region, Muntaka Mubarak has demanded a thorough investigation into the circumstances that led to the shooting of 7 alleged armed robbers by Policemen at Manso.
According to Mr. Mubarak, in whose constituency the incident took place, the information he has garnered from witnesses and family members of the deceased persons does not add up.
Ashanti Regional Police gunned down 7 suspected armed robbers Tuesday, July 17, 2018, in a fire exchange at Manso, a suburb of Kumasi.
An attack by seven out of the eight suspected robbers on July 11, reportedly led to the death of a Police Officer with the SWAT Unit of the Ashanti Regional Police Command.
The deceased officer, Lance Corporal Daniel Teiku, was on duty with his colleague, Lance Corporal Eric Nsiah, when eight masked men attacked the vehicle they were traveling in at Ayirebikrom near Manso Nkwanta on July 11.
Police upon intelligence then proceeded to Dome-Beposo, a village near Manso Nkwanta, and retrieved four AK 47 assault rifles including those seized from the police officers.
Following the reports, however, Mr. Mubarak has released a statement, calling on Vice President Mahamudu Bawumia, the Minister for National Security, the Interior Minister and the Attorney General to constitute an independent committee to investigate the case and present the reality of what led to the sudden shooting of the young men in order to get justice delivered to them and their families.
Read the full statement below:
THE POLICE MUST COME CLEARER; THE SHOOT TO KILL APPROACH IS BECOMING UNACCEPTABLE
I received the news of the painful demise of seven (7) young men from my constituency, who have been confirmed shot and dead by the police yesterday, with absolute dismay and pain.
I wish to first of all register my deepest condolences to friends and families of all the seven (7) persons shot by the police. I further assured them of my full support to ensure that thorough investigation is carried out and the perpetrators of this act, if established, are brought to book.
Since the occurrence of the incident last night, I have interacted with sections of my constituents and some family members of the deceased persons. The information I have garnered so far, frankly, are not adding-up as to the real cause of this shooting. This raises a lot of question for me as their MP, the community, and Ghanaians at large.
I hereby call on the Vice President (Chairman of the Police Council), the Minister for National Security, the Interior Minister and the Attorney General to constitute an independent committee to investigate the case and present the reality of what led to the sudden shooting of the young men in our quest to getting justice delivered to them and their families; a call that should not be undermined.
The police must come clearer, because their shoot to kill approach to handling issues is unacceptable and affecting many people who are considered innocent.
In recent times, there have been several of such cases that affected families who are yet to come to terms with their losses; I know very well that the police can do better than they are doing now.
As I call on the authorities to investigate the matter, I hereby appeal to the residents of Asawase especially the youth to remain calm and peaceful as we follow the due process to demand justice for our brothers who have lost their lives. I appeal to all to refrain from any action that has the tendency of escalating the existing tension in the community.
I assure you that I will leave no stone unturned in demanding justice for our lost brothers.
I pray for Allah’s mercy for our brothers.
Hon. Muntaka M. Mubarak
(MP for Asawase).