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Regional News | Apr 4, 2004

Deceased's Father Disputes Police Claim

Mr. Stephen Kwesi, the father of Master Kwame Nkrumah, the 16-year-old junior secondary school pupil who was reported to have been killed by a stray bullet at Nsuaem in the Western Region last Monday has refuted the claim by the police.

He has therefore called on the Inspector-General of Police (IGP) to investigate the circumstances that led to the death of his son. Speaking to the Daily Graphic in Accra yesterday, March 2, Mr. Kwesi, alias 'Teacher Taller' a teacher at the district council primary school in Nsuaem, said the bullet the killed his son could not be described as a stray one. He said bullet wounds on parts of his son's body suggested that his son was deliberately shot and killed.

Mr. Kwesi claimed his son was on his way to study with a friend in a nearby house and alleged that eyewitnesses said they saw the police chase him into a kiosk he had sought refuge in and shot him.

However, when the Graphic contacted the police in Sekondi-Takoradi, the deputy regional police commissioner of Police, Mr. A.K. Onwona Agyeman, denied that the police intentionally killed the deceased. He said where the alleged kiosk is and the distance from the kiosk to the police station would not make it feasible for the police to chase an innocent boy and kill him.

He said a forensic test would be conducted on Tuesday to determine whether the bullet that killed the boy was fired from the police gun or a gun of the mob. It would be recalled that on Wednesday, March 31, Master Nkrumah was reported to have been killed by a stray bullet when a mob attacked and vandalized the Nsuaem police station.

According to the story, the mob attacked the station with the aim of getting a suspect, Moro Morrison, who was alleged to be dealing in human parts, to lynch him. At that time, he was being interrogated by the police. The suspect was alleged to have paid ¢48million to another suspect, Promise Aluadzei, to bring him a human head.

The mob armed with stones and other weapons smashed the window s of the station and assaulted the station officer, Assistant Superintendent of Police Mr. S.Y.A. Apenyadu.

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