Two Men Killed In Bawku
TWO MEN were killed at separate locations in Bawku in the Upper East Region on Friday and Saturday respectively.
On Friday, 28-year-old Hasmin Yakubu was shot dead at Sagabo, a suburb of Bawku while Osman Inusah was also shot dead on Saturday at Bussum, a suburb of Bawku near the animal market.
The Bawku Divisional Police Commander, Chief Superintendent Ebenezer Kweku Asare, who confirmed the incidents in an interview with The Chronicle, said Hasmin was shot and killed by unknown men who wielded AK 47 assault raffles at about 7:40pm when he was having a chat with his girl friend (name withheld by Police), in front her house at Sagabo.
The Divisional Commander said from their preliminary investigations, Hasmin was a victim of circumstance because his assailants mistook him for another man who owed them and also stayed closer to Hasmin’s girl friend’s house. The man had been warned earlier to either settle his debt or pay with his live.
But unfortunately, Chief Supt. Asare explained that when the assailants got to the area and spotted Hasmin chatting with his girlfriend, they mistook him for their debtor whose name the Police would not disclose.
The attackers shot Hasmin in the neck killing him instantly. They also shot two other persons but they survived and are receiving treatment at the Bawku Presbyterian Hospital. Dambila Issah, 68 years old was shot in the abdomen while Tanko Haruna, 30 years old sustained multiple injuries on both arms, thigh and chest.
The Police boss said when a joint Military-Police Patrol team rushed to the scene, the attackers had fled but they found 24 empty shells of AK 47 assault raffle ammunitions. The Police also saw bullet markings on the walls from different directions.
Just when the Police and the Military had intensified their patrols at Sagabo and commenced investigations into Friday shooting, another man, Osman Inusah was shot and killed on Saturday night at Bussum.
Chief Supt. Asare again confirmed the second killing and said two gun men went to Osman’s house at about 7:45pm on Saturday, knocked at his door and when he opened it, they shot at him in the stomach. He was rushed to the Bawku Presbyterian Hospital but died when he was been attended to in the theater.
Coincidentally, the two men who were killed were Moshis by tribe and the Police have disassociated their deaths from the protracted Kussasi-Mamprusi conflict which led to loss of hundreds of lives between December 2007 and the later part of 2010.
Though since the later part of 2010 till date Bawku has not witnessed any major incident in connection with the conflict, the area has recorded occasional gunshots leading to loss of lives.
According to the Police, perpetrators always hide their weapons in their long dresses popularly referred to as ‘Jalabia’, whenever they plan to attack. In both the Sagabo and Bussum shootings, no arrest was made.
Some of those shootings had been described and treated by the Police as purely criminal acts of violence engineered by the proliferation of sophisticated weapons like K 47 assault raffles and pump guns in the onetime economic focal center of Upper East Region.
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