Police ‘stray bullet’ victim laid to rest

policebadge.jpgThe mortal remains of Master Moses Kassim, one of the two persons
killed during the recent Ashaiman shooting incident, was on Saturday
buried at the Kpone public cemetery.

The
11-year-old boy of Ashaiman Government School, and Mr Moses Ofori alias
Alhaji, 22, driver, died when they were hit by stray bullets during a
clash between the Ashaiman police and commercial drivers.

Residents,
relatives and onlookers cried uncontrollably when the casket containing
the body of the boy was brought to the funeral grounds at about 10:40
hours.

The Ghana News Agency (GNA), observed that the crowd
at the funeral ground became thicker and thicker as people swamped
around the casket to catch a glimpse of the body, compelling the family
to convey the casket to the cemetery earlier than planned.

Assistant
Commissioner of Police (ACP), William Kwanair, Ashaiman District
Commander and Assistant Superintendent of Police (ASP) Alice Gyamfi,
Commander of Tema Community One Motor Traffic and Transport Unit of the
police led a police delegation to express their condolences to the
bereaved family.

ASP Gyamfi told the GNA that the police
administration footed the funeral bills in addition to an undisclosed
amount of money as compensation to the relatives of the deceased.

The
Ashaiman Municipal Assembly led by Mr Emmanuel Neequaye, presiding
member of the assembly, donated three crates of non-alcoholic drinks,
two cartons of beer, a bottle of schnapps and GH¢500.

The
National Democratic Congress and New Patriotic Party parliamentary
candidates of Ashaiman constituency as well as the Ashaiman branch of
the Ghana Private Road and Transport Union also donated cash and drinks
to the bereaved family.

The commercial drivers on June 3
demanded the release of four of their colleagues, who had been arrested
and detained by the police for parking at an unauthorized place by the
roadside instead of a parking lot provided for them.

The
drivers were joined by a mob and they besieged the Ashaiman Police
Station and threw stones, sticks and other missiles while the police
returned the assault with gun fire which killed the two.

Ofori would be buried on June 17.

Source: GNA