14.08.2009 Politics

Asabee supporter dies of 'BNI blows'

14.08.2009 LISTEN
By myjoyonline

NPP bigwigs have joined preparations to bury a young man who allegedly died from beatings he suffered at the hands of officials of the Bureau of National Investigations (BNI).

Thirty-year-old Salifu Ahmed was said to be among a group of New Patriotic Party supporters who thronged the offices of the BNI Thursday evening to solidarise with the former Information Minister Stephen Asamoah Boateng who was being held by the bureau for interrogation.

The gathering got rowdy, throwing stones at security officials and banging on the doors of the BNI to demand the release of Mr. Boateng.
Security agents chased the crowd away, degenerated into scuffles.

He died from beatings allegedly visited on him by the BNI officials during a scuffle with the supporters.

Joy News' Kawku Obeng Adjei who reported from the home of the late Ahmed, said the mood in the area is one of sadness and sorrow.

He said family members are in utter shock since according to them at the time the deceased left for the gathering, he did not show any signs of ill health.

In accordance with Islamic tradition, the corpse will be buried Friday afternoon.

Meanwhile, the General Secretary of the NPP, Nana Oheme Ntow, who was among the mourners has called for thorough investigations into the young man's death.

He said it was absolutely important to establishment actual circumstances surrounding the death of Ahmed, whom family members describe as calm and reserved.