11 February 2016

Ghana: Trigger Happy Cops Kill Brothers

A TUTOR at the Mampong Midwifery Training College and his visiting brother lost their lives on Tuesday after being shot by Police, in what is believed to be a case of mistaken identity.

The deceased were said to have been mistaken for armed robbers, after personnel of the Mampong Police received a distressed call about the invasion of a group of armed robbers to the campus of the College

Both the Police and the school authorities remained tightlipped on the incident when contacted by The Chronicle, but a close source told this reporter that the incident happened around 2am yesterday, when the team of police personnel, in an effort to deal with the attackers, mistook the deceased tutor and his brother for the armed robbers.

An impeccable source, which pleaded anonymity, said the tutor, whose name was given as Francis Gbeneh, was with his brother, who had paid him a visit, when he was informed that armed robbers had attacked the school.

The source noted that since the tutor did not have any means to reach out to the police, he, according to the source, tried to get in touch with the Principal of the College, but could not get through her phone, as it was switched off.

The source said after trying unsuccessfully to get the Principal of the school on phone, Mr. Gbeneh asked his visiting brother to join him on his motor bike to accompany him to the bungalow of the Principal, so they could relay the information to her.

Unknown to the duo, the Police had also been informed about the presence of the armed robbers on the school's campus.

The paper gathered that whilst on their way to the Principal's bungalow on the motorbike, the police ordered them to stop, but because the teacher and his brother and the police could not identify each other, owing to poor weather visibility, the deceased reportedly disregarded the order from the police, thinking they were the armed robbers.

The police, suspecting that they were the robbers, who were running away from the scene, run after them and fired several shots, killing the brother instantly, whilst the tutor was later pronounced dead when he was rushed to the Mampong Government Hospital.

Meanwhile, the Mampong Police District Commander, Superintendent Bismark Agyapong, refused to comment on the incident unless he was authorized by the Ashanti Regional Police Command.

He stated: "I have been ordered to come to the regional command and I cannot talk to the media until I have briefed my superiors".

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