Family Demands Justice

The late Joseph Kwaakye Akowuah
The family of the late Joseph Kwaakye Akowuah is calling for the prosecution of the perpetrators behind the killing of the deceased.

Kwaakye Akowuah, 28, was allegedly shot by three policemen namely- Joshua Kudjo, Moro Tindana and Henry Senning at Ayi Mensah in Accra on July 10, 2013.

The deceased who served as a supervisor of a team of security persons on an acquired land belonging to BIEGE Capital was said to have met his untimely death when the three policemen shot through a car he was sitting, mistaking him for an armed robber.

A report issued on the cause of death signed by Dr Lawrence Edusei from the Department of Pathology, Korle-Bu, said the victim died as a result of ‘haemorrhagic shock, abdomino pelvic injuries and high velocity gun shot.’

Police Report
A report on the incident dated June 25, 2014 authored by one J. A. Naami, Chief Superintendent Operations, CID, said a complaint from one Frank Agyeman, an agent from BIEGE Capital to the effect that he was contracted by the company to recruit some young men to assist Access Control Security Services Rapid Response guards to provide security for the construction of a fence wall on a 15,000 acre land at Danfa.

The report stated that on the said date, the complainant was informed that his men came to town in his Rexton 4X4 vehicle to buy food and on their return; someone beckoned them to stop which they failed.

Consequently, the report stated ‘all of a sudden, they heard gunshots from the police and the bullet hit Joseph Akowuah, aka Big Joe, and they abandoned him in the vehicle and run away.’

Demand for Justice
However, a year after the burial of Kwaakye Akowuah, the family insists justice has not been served, particularly when the perpetrators of the crime had not been brought to book.

They argued that the three cops have been shielded from justice by the police administration, insisting the culprits must be punished for the offence

Police Explains
When J. A. Naami, Chief Superintendent for Operations, CID, was contacted by this reporter to inquire about the status of the case, he was emphatic that the docket on the case had been forwarded to the Attorney-General’s Department (A-G) for advice.

Insisting the police would not shield any erring officer, he said a lot of investigations and diligent work ought to be done in such cases.

J. A. Naami at the CID, however, expressed misgivings about the family running to the media to address their grievances instead of following up on the case at the police headquarters.

By Jeffrey De-Graft Johnson
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