Five picked up over death of 35-yr-old man in Ashanti region


Police in the Ashanti region have been detailing how a 35-year-old man met his untimely death at Tafo-Nhyiaeso in the region.

Five persons have since been arrested and detained as investigations begin into the matter.

The five, according to the police, were said to have been involved in a near violence that broke out at Tafo-Nhyiaeso moments after the incident.

Some residents of the town on Sunday, July 7, 2019 besieged the Tafo-Pankrono Police Headquarters following the death of a man believed to have been assaulted by police officers there.

The deceased, 35-year-old, Kofi Poku who sustained various degrees of injuries during the ensuing scuffle was rushed to the Tafo Government Hospital for treatment but was pronounced dead on arrival by medics at the Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital, where he was later referred.

The deceased

A statement signed by Ashanti Regional Police Public Relations Unit, however, mentioned that the deceased had disregarded road traffic regulations prompting police action.

“The driver (the deceased) was signaled to stop but he ignored the signals from the police. So he was chased and arrested, where a Community Policing Assistant was to escort him to the Tafo Pankrono Police Station with the Patrol Team following closely”, a statement signed by ASP Godwin Ahianyo, spokesperson for the Ashanti Regional Police Command read.

“On reaching the Tafo Government Hospital junction, the man jumped out from the vehicle. Trying to escape from the police but fell down in the process and became unconscious. The patrol team rushed him to the Tafo Government Hospital, but he was pronounced dead on arrival”.

“Just when the Police Patrol Team was about to leave the hospital, some youth in the area stormed the OPD and physically assaulted some of the hospital staff before whisking the body of the deceased away to the Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital”, the statement further explained.

Terrible loss

Mother of the deceased, Nana Akua Bemah, expressed anger at the death and told reporters, the deceased’s brother first alerted her about the incident.

“His younger brother said someone told him police were beating him somewhere in town… I was on my way to the Police station when his younger brother told me he had been killed,” she recounted adding that “my son’s death is a terrible loss”.

Also known as Asco, Kofi Poku left behind two children and a pregnant wife.

Source: Daily Mail GH

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