THE POLICE Intelligence and Professional Standards (PIPS) has started investigations into the shooting of a teacher at the Mampong Midwifery Training School and his brother.
The move is to unearth what really motivated the armed policemen, who were on patrol duties at Mampong on that fateful day, to shoot and kill the two brothers who were speeding away on a motorbike.
ASP Mohammed Yussif Tanko, the Ashanti Regional Police Spokesman, who made the disclosure to DAILY GUIDE in an interview, appealed to people who had information about how the shooting took place to assist PIPS.
Francis Gbene, 33, an Anatomy and Physiology tutor at the Mampong Midwifery Training College and his younger brother, Thaddeus Gbene, 28, were mistaken for robbers and shot by the police.
The police patrol team later realised that the two siblings were rather speeding on the motorbike to find help for a female tutor at the school whose home had been attacked by robbers.
The unfortunate incident which happened in the wee hours of Wednesday is said to have triggered a huge debate at Asante Mampong as residents of the area seemed unhappy about the tragedy and how it occurred.
The Ashanti Regional Police Command, led by DCOP Kofi Boakye, who was not happy about the unfortunate incident, quickly invited four policemen who were part of the police patrol team to Kumasi to assist in investigations.
ASP Tanko stated that the police administration is not happy about how the two innocent brothers were shot dead and that they are therefore attaching seriousness to the investigation, noting that that is why the case has been referred to PIPS.
Teachers of the Midwifery Training College had earlier called for an independent investigation into the cause of the death of Francis Gbene and his younger brother, who were shot dead by the police on Wednesday, February 10, on the campus of the college.
At a press briefing at the college auditorium on Thursday, Ms Mercy Kporku, Vice Principal of the college, called on the Inspector General of Police (IGP) to institute an independent investigative team to thoroughly look into the matter.
She catalogued eyewitness accounts of the incident that led to the deaths of the deceased and said if the police had been professional, the incident could have been averted.
Ms Kporku said after the incident, seven bullet shells were picked from the spot where the victims were shot.
“The policemen, instead of agreeing and sending him to the hospital, rather said they had to send Gbene and the brother to the charge office before sending them to the hospital and then drove off. We strongly believe that on this particular occasion, if police were a little more professional, this incident wouldn’t have happened. We seek for justice and we will follow this matter to its logical conclusion,” she said at the press conference.
FROM I.F. Joe Awuah Jnr., Kumasi