Benita Dankwa’s Family Call For Justice

Benita Dankwa

Ernest Boateng presenting the cash to the mother of Benita Dankwa

The family of 29-year-old woman, who was allegedly shot in the chest by the husband, Effort Dankwa is calling for justice for the victim.

Mrs. Benita Dankwa survived a ferocious attack while she was seven months pregnant.

Seth O. Yirenkyire, father of the victim, said his son-in-law failed to report the incident to the police and also refused to cooperate with anyone.

Father of the victim, who is now paralyzed, said the relevant authorities should severely deal with Effort to serve as a deterrent to other people, pleading with the Ghana Police Service and the court to use effective tactics to ensure justice.

He made the plea when an Accra-based Non-Governmental Organisation (NGO), Love and Compassion International (LACI) donated GH₵1, 000 to the victim at her residence in Tema to cater for her medical care expenses.

The NGO further donated a seed capital of GH₵500 to be used to open a bank account for her son who was delivered through caesarean section.

Ernest K. Boateng, Founder of LACI, mentioned that he heard about the incident in the media and decided to help through his NGO.

He promised to continue to offer support to the victim to ensure her recovery and appealed to corporate institutions in the country to provide support for the needy.


The police have so far charged the 33-year-old husband of the victim with attempted murder and he has been granted GH20,000 bail by a Tema court with two sureties to be justified. The case was adjourned to a later date.

Reports said that the victim woke up on Saturday, August 8, 2015 at about 5:30 am to discover a hole in her chest and another one at her back.

She was rushed to the hospital to seek medical attention and delivered her baby boy through surgery.

The victim is currently nursing sores on her buttocks and on her hips as a result of her immobility for over five months, coupled with swollen feet.

Investigations conducted by the Tema Community 11 Police revealed that the victim was shot at close range in her chest and the bullet penetrated her body.

There was no evidence of break-in at the couple’s room.

Bullet believed to have been shot from a pistol at close range was found about 2 inches deep in the mattress on which the couple slept on.

Blood stains were also found on the bed sheets and the mattress of the couple.

From Vincent Kubi, Tema