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Nana Addo sad over Ejura killings …gives Minister 10-day deadline to probe

President Nana Akufo-Addo has said he is sad over the recent killing of three persons at Ejura in the Ashanti Region and has therefore ordered that within the next 10 days, he should be furnished with an official report that has the full details and recommendations on the way forward.

The President has ordered the Minister in charge of Interior, Ambrose Dery to conduct a Public Inquiry into the Tuesday June 29 violent clash between protesters and a joint police and military team.

The information was contained in a press statement issued on Wednesday June 29 by Mr. Eugene Arhin, the Director of Communications at the Office of the President

“The Interior Minister is to provide a detailed report from the Inquiry, with recommendations for appropriate action, within ten days, i.e., by 9th July 2021, to President Akufo-Addo.

“The President is deeply saddened by the deaths of Ibrahim Mohammed, alias ‘Kaaka’, Abdul Nasir Yussif and Murtala Mohammed. He extends sincere condolences to the families of the deceased, and wishes the injured a speedy recovery”, Mr. Arhin noted in the statement.

A violent clash between demonstrators and a joint military and police team at Ejura, in the Ashanti Region on Tuesday, resulted in the shooting of six people, the death of two people and hundreds injured.

Eye witnesses said the demonstrators pelted stones at the security agents after Ibrahim Mohammed aka ‘Kaaka’, a late social media activist, was buried at the Ejura Cemetery.

The joint military and police team also fired back at the demonstrators and in the process six of the demonstrators were hit by gunshots. Two of them died at the scene.

According to eyewitness reports, the Ejura Township was very calm when the people were sending Kaaka’s corpse to the cemetery on Tuesday morning for his interment.

But the people’s mood changed suddenly after the burial ceremony as they started to destroy any New Patriotic Party (NPP) billboard or item in the community.

The angry rioters hurled stones at police personnel, who have been tasked to ensure law and order in Ejura. The police were forced to leave the scene.

The rioters said they were demanding justice for the murdered Kaaka.

Few minutes later, a joint military and police team also arrived at the scene and they fired series of gunshots, but unfortunately six people (all males) were hit by bullets.

Reports indicated that two of those that were shot gave up the ghost shortly and the four others, who are in critical conditions, have been hospitalized.

Meanwhile, the police have announced that two people, who they suspect to have a hand in the murder of Kaaka, have been apprehended and they are being questioned.

The suspects are Ibrahim Issaka and Fuseini Alhassan. The police said the two suspects were arrested following police intelligence around 10:45pm on Monday.

The Ashanti Regional Police PRO, ASP Godwin Ahianyo, addressing the media, said eye witnesses accounts indicated that Kaaka was ambushed in front of his house.

According to him, police preliminary investigations have revealed that Kaaka was returning home on a motorbike on Sunday around 1:30am when he met his untimely death.

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