General News of Monday, 4 December 2017
Progressive People’s Party (PPP) parliamentary candidate for Offinso South in the 2016 election, Kwadwo Amoateng, is in critical condition battling for his life after he was shot by unknown assailants.
Confirming the incident to the media, PPP Communications Director, Paa Kow Ackon, said on Saturday, December 2, 2017 Mr Amoateng was shot in the arm and chest “but currently in stable condition.”
He said the incident occurred around 9:00 p.m., on Thursday, November 30, 2017 when the victim was entering his house. Aside from his teaching profession, Mr Amoateng runs a mobile money transfer business.
Mr Ackon said: “On Thursday night he was returning from his money transfer business office and when he got shot just few metres away from his main gate. He had alighted from his car to open the gate to his house when a group of five young men believed to be in their early 20s appeared and demanded for his bag and shot him at his right chest seven times.”
He said the neighbours initially thought it was kids playing with fire-crackers because of the approaching Christmas festivities but he was later found bleeding and was rushed to the Offinso St. Patrick Hospital.
Seven pellets were removed from his body and the doctors recommended a transfer to the Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital because they believed there were “over 20 pellets in his body that needed to be removed.”
Mr Ackon indicated that the development was unfortunate as Mr Amoateng has one young child and his wife was heavily pregnant and expected to deliver this week.
The police have since visited the scene and investigations have commenced but no one has been identified or arrested yet.