Protests erupt in Ejura amid anger over alleged murder of social activist


Protests broke out in the Municipal town of Ejura in the Ashanti Region as anger mounts over the alleged murder of a 40-year-old man.

The demonstration started late Monday after news broke that Ibrahim Mohammed had died while on referral at the Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital (KATH) in Kumasi.

Believed to be a member of pressure group #FixTheCountry he is reported to have suffered machete wounds and bruises during an attack by unknown assailants in the late hours of Friday, June 25.

His death has sparked widespread anger among the youth as they flood the streets to demand justice for the deceased.

Wearing red armbands and scarfs the protesters also besieged the Ejura police station as they urged officers to speed up investigations into the matter and bring the culprits to book.

“The police officers know them [the suspects]”, one of the protesters said. “He had been receiving death threats for his activism on the refuse dump situation. He was being forced to stop pointing out the ills in this area. We are unable to name them but we will revenge if the police fail to arrest them”.

Another said: “What have we done to deserve this? The police should use the death threats he received as evidence to get the suspects. Our safety cannot be guaranteed”.

A vehicle belonging to one of the officers got damaged during the chaotic scenes at the police station. The lighting system at the charge office was also not spared.

It took the intervention of the Chief of the area, Barima Osei Hwedie II who invited the demonstrators to his palace urging them to remain calm and have the confidence in the police.

Meanwhile the police is on high alert to protect life and property. They are however appealing to the public for credible information leading to the arrest of the culprits.

“Demonstrations can’t solve the problem”, said Divisional Crime Officer ASP Emmanuel Kyei. “But if they have any vital information they should be prepared to divulge such with the police and as professionals we will be able to work on it”.

“We are ready and prepared to expose those people so they should also assist us with information”, he further added.


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