Police killing of two suspects: Parliament summons Ambrose Dery

By Justice Kofi Bimpeh

Minister for the Interior Ambrose Dery has been summoned by Parliament to answer questions in connection with the shooting and killing of two suspected armed robbers in the Ashanti Region by the police.

The two were gunned down on Thursday, 9 November after they allegedly attempted escaping lawful arrest.

Minority Chief Whip, Alhaji Mohammed Mubarak Muntaka on the floor of the House expressed disappointment in the manner in which the suspects, Lukeman Mohammed and Awudu Osman were gunned down and criticized the law enforcement body over its handling of the matter.

Alhaji Muntaka on November 10 questioned how the suspects could be killed in police custody and also urged the youth in the area to remain calm.

The Speaker subsequently directed the Minister for the Interior to appear before the House on or before 22nd November to brief parliament on the circumstances that led to the shooting to death of the two suspects by the police.

Meanwhile, the family of Awudu Osman, one of deceased, are angry with the police.

The police claim they shot Lukeman Mohammed and Awudu Osman as they attempted to escape from custody.

A brother of the deceased in a radio interview described as unlawful, the killing of his brother. According to him, his now-deceased brother was helping the police to trace a gun when the shooting happened.

"The family is currently in a meeting concerning his killing to know what they will do about it," he disclosed.

The Public Relations Officer of the Ashanti regional police command, ASP Juliana Obeng, who briefed the media earlier on the case, said the suspects confessed to the police that they had arms (pistols) hidden in an uncompleted storey building at Sepe, a suburb of Kumasi.