Nkoranza: IGP on fact-finding mission; assures bereaved families of bringing perpetrators to book

Nkoranza

By Sammuel Ayamm​ah

The Inspector-General of the Ghana Police Service, Dr. George Akufo Dampare, says a postmortem will be conducted on the body of Albert Donkor, who died in Police custody after he was picked up by the Police on the night of 25th April 2022 and Victor Kwadwo Owusu who also died during the clashes between the Police and the youth on Tuesday 17th May, 2022.

According to the IGP, all perpetrators who would be found culpable will be brought to book.

The IGP, Dr. Dampare is currently in Nkoranza in the Bono Region, on a fact-finding mission, following skirmishes between Police and the youth of the town.

One particular thing that caught the attention of residents of Nkoranza was the decision by the IGP to abandoned his official vehicle and decided to walk through some principal streets of Nkoranza when he visited the bereaved families to sympathize with them and listen to their concerns.

This move brought the Nkoranza township which had been experiencing uneasy calm for the past few weeks to back to normalcy.

Shop owners and other business operators in the town came out in their numbers to catch a glimpse of Ghana’s Inspector General of Police.

Comments from some of the residents, as they poured into the streets, seems to give a sense relief and some confidence that they have in the in the IGP in finding a lasting solution to the crisis in the area.

Some people were heard praising the IGP for proactiveness towards security issues since he assumed office.

At the meeting, with the bereaved families, both families commended the IGP for the visit but was quick to demand for an independent body to conduct autopsy on the bodies of Albert Donkor and Victor Kwadwo Owusu.

The families are of the view that the only way justice for the deceased will be realized is when an independent body is engaged to investigate the matter.

They appealed to the IGP to release those who were arrested in connection with the clashes between the Police and the youth of Nkoranza.

The family also pleaded with the IGP to withdraw the Police Police who are currently stationed at the St. Theresa Hospital in Nkoranza.

Responding to the people’s requests, the Inspector General of the Ghana Police Service, Dr George Akufo Dampare, said those arrested have since been put before Court, hence the need for the residents to allow the Court to do its work.

He however assured the bereaved families that all efforts will be made to bring the perpetrators to book.

The IGP and his entourage visited four victims who are still receiving treatment at St. Theresa Hospital in Nkoranza.

He also held meetings with the Nkoranza Zongo Chief, the Omanhene of Nkoranza, Omanhemaa of Nkoranza among others.

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