The Widow with some of her family members
It was all tears at the one-week celebration of the demise of Joseph Boakye Danquah-Adu, New Patriotic Party (NPP) Member of Parliament (MP) for Abuakwa North in the Eastern Region.
The celebration was officially organised at the Police Service Social Centre at Cantonments in Accra yesterday, with politicians across the political divide, business men and women, bankers, top echelon of the Police Service and people from all walks of life trooping to the centre to mourn with the bereaved family.
A mass of mournful-looking politicians as well as heads of some state and private institutions were there to empathize with the family.
Present at the event were dignitaries, including the flagbearer of the NPP, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo; his wife, Rebecca Akufo-Addo; his running mate, Dr Mahamudu Bawumia and wife Samira; acting chairman, Freddie Blay; national treasurer, Kwabena Abankwa Yeboah; Ashanti Regional chairman, Bernard Antwi-Boasiako; Eastern Regional chairman, Kingson Akomeng Kissi; former minister for trade and industry, Alan Kwadwo Kyerematen; former general secretary of the party, Kwadwo Owusu Afriyie aka Sir John; Dr Kwame Addo Kufuor and Kwadwo Mpiani among other NPP stalwarts. Parliamentarians were not left out.
Vice President Kwesi Bekoe Amissah Arthur led the government delegation and some leading members of the ruling National Democratic Congress (NDC) to the one-week celebration.
Also present to commiserate with the bereaved family was the brother of the president, Ibrahim Mahama.
The Okyenhene, Amotia Ofori Panin was represented by Barima Kwaku Dua, Okyenhene’s Ahenenana hene.
The high point of the celebration was when the suspended national chairman of the NPP, Paul Afoko, surfaced and exchanged pleasantries with Nana Akufo-Addo and Mr Freddie Blay.
The NPP donated an amount of GH¢3,000 to the family and the Minority in Parliament (the same NPP) also gave GH¢2,000.
Parliament, which was represented by the Deputy Majority Leader, Alfred Agbesi and Minority Leader, Osei Kyei-Mensah-Bonsu, also donated assorted drinks and bottled water towards the occasion.
A section of the mourners could hardly believe that JB – as the late MP was fondly called – had actually departed from the land of the living as many of them rained curses on the murderers.
Madam Millicent Ofori-Attah, a family member said, “I know my uncle’s blood will petition God for justice.”
Nana Asante Bediatuo, Okyenhene’s Apagyahene whose stool name is Barima Asante Bediatuo Katakyie, stole the show with some artistic movements as he danced to Fontonfrom (traditional) tunes.
The Sanaahene of Okyeman, Nana Twum Barima, who spoke to DAILY GUIDE, said the whole Abuakwa Traditional Area was shocked about the death of the MP, especially the circumstances surrounding it.
He expressed the hope that the investigative bodies would indeed get to the bottom of the matter.
“We understand that the boy who has been arrested has mentioned some names and we believe the police will arrest all those people to come and face the law,” he said, adding that everybody in Ghana is keenly following the police investigations.
Alan Kwadwo Kyeremanten in a hand shake with Nana Addo
Antwi Boasiako Sekyere, outgoing Eastern Regional Minister with Frank Adu Brother of the deceased
Dr Konadu Apraku signing the book of condolence
George Ofori GUTA president, signing the book of condolence
Kenpong in a hand shake with Nana Akufo Addo
MPs greeting the bereaved Families
Nana Asante Bedietuo doing the traditional dance
Paul Afoko shaking hands with Freddie Blay
Police officer greeting the bereaved Families
Some female mourners
Vice President Kwasi Amissah Arthur with Frank Adu
According to the police, the late Joseph Boakye Danquah-Adu, 51, was gruesomely murdered in the early hours of Tuesday, February 9, 2015 at his Shiashie residence in Accra by a 19-year-old man by name Daniel Asiedu aka Sexy Don Don – who is currently in police custody.
When he was arrested, Sexy Don Don had reportedly told the police in his statement that he committed the heinous crime with two accomplices called Junior Agoogo and Avenger but later when he was taken to the custody of the Bureau of National Investigations (BNI) he changed his statement entirely.
He had also told the police that it was JB’s security man who had allegedly provided them with the ladder used to climb to the balcony of the storey building before entering the bedroom of the legislator to commit the crime, but the police were silent on the issue when Asiedu appeared in court.
JB left behind a wife, Ivy Dankwa-Adu and two daughters, Anima Janelle Dankwa-Adu and Addobea Josepha Dankwa-Adu.
By Solomon Ofori & Thomas Fosu Jnr