Police Gun Down Motor Mechanic
A 25 year old motor mechanic, Kwabena Osei Aberega has been shot dead by the police patrol team who were on a mission to arrest alleged narcotic users at Odumase on Monday, October 14, 2013, around 8:00pm.
Reports gathered by The Chronicle indicates that the deceased, Kwabena Aberega and a friend, Ibrahim Alidu, popularly known as ‘Pope’, who is currently in police custody, were heading towards their house in the evening after buying fried eggs and bread along the Odumase- Kwatire road.
According the report, the police patrol team met them on the way and asked them to stop, the two obliged to the command of the police patrol team. The police decided to search the two on suspicion that they were Indian hemp (Wee) smokers.
The deceased allegedly protested against the purported search by the patrol team, but after witnessing how his friend, Ibrahim Alidu was being brutalized by the police, he decided to run away.
However, he was allegedly shot and killed by a member of the police patrol team, whilst his friend, Ibrahim Alidu, was arrested and forced into the patrol vehicle, which sped off.
The Brong-Ahafo Regional Police PRO, ASP Christopher Tawiah, however, told journalists that the shooting was not intentional but a mistake.
According to him, the police never had an intention of shooting wee smokers but always try to arrest and prosecute them.
ASP Tawiah narrated that the police, in their quest to demonstrate their visibility and accessibility, have intensified patrol system in the communities for both day and night. It was during this period that a night patrol team, made of 5 men from the Rapid Deployment Force unit of the Police service, led by a sergeant, was on their routine exercise at a portion of Odumase, where they met two men walking alongside the road and smoking what they suspected to be Indian hemp.
He said the two took to their heels on seeing the police, but one of them was immediately captured, whilst the other one managed to run.
According to ASP Tawiah, the other one was pursued till the officer caught up with him about 80 meters away from where they were seen smoking. The police Lance Corporal held him from the back, but the suspect turned to meet the police face-to-face and a struggle ensued.
The police man also tried to arrest him, and in the cause of the struggle the riffle went off, but the police did not notice that the gunshot hit the deceased, because the victim was running. He continued that the uniform of the Lance Corporal was torn, confirming that there was a struggle between the two.
Meanwhile, Mahama Aberenga, the chief of the Frafra community at Odumase in the Sunyani West District has appealed to the Inspector General of Police (IGP) to investigate and prosecute the police officer who shot and killed his son at Odumase.
Mr. Aberenga expressed worry that the body of the deceased was still in the custody of the police which was against the tradition of Islam.
Meanwhile, When The Chronicle visited Odumase on Wednesday, relative calm had returned to the area. The Odumase town was in a state of confusion on Tuesday, October 15, as some of the youth took to the street to protest against the incident.
Officially, being the Frafrahene of Odumase, Mr. Aberenga has informed the Odumase No.1 Traditional Council on how best the issue could be resolved.
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