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12.04.2010 Crime & Punishment

Masked Men Kill Man

By Daily Guide
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THE 60-YEAR-OLD Kusasi man who was shot at the early hours of last Saturday, by a gang of four men in black uniforms at Dadure, a suburb of the Bawku Municipality, has passed away at Bolgatanga, from where he was to be transferred to Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital in Kumasi.

The deceased, Talata Awini Mohammed, who was shot in the stomach at close range by some four men dressed in dark clothes suspected to be police uniform, did not die on the spot, even though his stomach had been punctured.

The men immediately fled into the dark. This is the latest in the recent target killings of residents in connection with the chieftaincy dispute in the area.

The police had told the public on Friday that everything was under control, but it appears that the trouble makers are still it.

A source close to the deceased who narrated the incident to DAILY GUIDE said, on the dawn of Saturday April 10, 2010, around 1:00am, some four masked men dressed in dark clothing which resembled police uniforms, broke into the deceased's house at Dadure, located and shot him and immediately fled.

The deceased was rushed to the Bolgatanga Regional Hospital and was admitted. This happened during curfew hours when all civilians were indoors.

In 2008, when the conflict had only just erupted, some persons also dressed in dark clothing, suspected to be military uniforms, stormed the Buabula Community, also a suburb of the Bawku Municipality and slaughtered some 13 Kusasi women and children and also fled into the dark, escaping arrest.

That incident in 2008 was the first time women and children were killed and also happened when the area was under curfew.

There were rumours that uniforms of security personnel were disappearing from drying lines after being washed.

It would be recalled that in 2008, a young man who stole a pair of police trousers, wore it and posed as a police officer, entered the tent in which the real Police officers on Peace Keeping Operations in Bawku were lodging, and was in the process of searching for a rifle, when some members of the Police Patrol team who had returned to rest, came to meet him.

After some interrogations, the young man was identified as an imposter.

He was immediately processed for court and was sentenced to 12 years in prison.

There are also some look-alike Ghana Armed Forces uniforms being sold at the clothing market, popularly called “Foss Line”.

From Ebo Bruce-Quansah, Bolgatanga

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