Shooting, stabbing and the sorrows -This week at a glance


This week has been a rather sad. From the gruesome murder of the Abuakwa North MP to the bloodbath at Kumasi Old Tafo and the death of two innocent men at Mampong.

On Monday, the Korle Bu Teaching Hospital announced the closure of three surgical clinics from February 6, 2016.

Medical officers at the facility have had to rely on the recovery ward of the surgical clinics – with only four beds – to admit the already tall list of patients awaiting their turn.

The closure added up to the closure of the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) of the surgical department two years ago for renovation, to worsen the plight of patients.

Joy News’ Kwetey Nartey reported in some instances, the condition of some patients developed complications before their scheduled date for surgical operations, while others have died.

Recently, a 21-year-old student of the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST) died while waiting for her appointment with doctors.

Doctors had told Abigail’s parents that if she was not operated on quickly, she could suffer paralysis and eventually, death. They nonetheless booked her surgery six months away from when they made this assessment.

An earlier date could not be fixed she got paralysed and eventually died.

The hospital authorities have launched investigations into what led to the death of Abigail.

Then on Tuesday, we all woke up to the sad news of the death of the Member of Parliament for Abuakwa North , Joseph Danquah-Adu.

He was stabbed by some assailants at his residence at Shiashie , a suburb of Accra at the early hours of the day.

Police investigations showed he suffered two stab wounds, one to his rib, and the other to his abdomen.

Three people including a security man, a driver and some others at the residence were picked up by the police to help with investigations on the day of the incident.

The NPP had indicated that it suspected foul play in the murder . A sandal of the assailant was later found at the house.

Parliament suspended sitting on Tuesday in honour of the late MP.

JB Danquah’s death reignited calls for the provision of security for all 275 members of Parliament .

On Wednesday, JB Danquah’s murder was still being discussed almost everywhere-on radio stations, in buses, at workplaces and some other public places.

Before the police in Accra could make any other arrest, their colleagues in Mampong in the Ashanti region mistakenly shot and killed two brothers at the Mampong Midwifery Training School at the early hours on Wednesday.

Francis Gbeneh, 33 and his brother Timothy Gbeneh, 28, were gunned down by the police on the school’s campus after a distress call by a female teacher that armed robbers had attacked her.

The late Francis Gbeneh
The victims were answering the distress call and were rushing to the female teacher’s residence when the police shot and killed them both.

Public Relations Officer the Ashanti Regional Police Command, ASP Yusif Mohammed Tanko told Joy News, the shooting was not deliberate.

Then just after midday, the Ashanti Regional Security Council imposed a curfew in Old Tafo after clashes between Muslim youth and traditional authorities over a piece of land.

One person has been confirmed dead and several others injured in the violent clashes between Muslim youth and some youths in the town who were backing the traditional authorities.

A 30-year-old man was shot by a security man and was rushed to Tafo government hospital. He was later transferred to KATH where he died.

Thursday-the day after the bloody incidents in Kumasi- was greeted with discussions on how to maintain peace at Kumasi Old Tafo.

Then broke a story of some irate youth had killed about 80 cattle of Fulani herdsmen at Dumso , a town near Kintampo in the Brong Ahafo region.

The herdsmen were reported to have called the bluff of the residents after their cattle destroyed crops in the area.

The Kintampo North District Security Council met with the Fulani herdsmen and the residents of the town to avoid reprisal attacks.

Later in the day, a man suspected to be the killer of the Abuakwa North MP, Joseph Boakye Danquah-Adu, was arrested.

He was picked up by the police on Thursday and sent to the regional police headquarters for questioning.

He later confessed to stabbing the MP and said he did it with two other people who were subsequently picked up by the police.

On Friday, about forty people suspected to be involved in the clash were arrested by police.

The National Chief Imam and the Peace Council intervened in the Kumasi Old Tafo violence to restore peace to the area.

By the close of the day the Ashanti Regional Security Council reviewed the curfew from 6PM – 6PM to 8AM to 4AM.

Story by Ghana| Myjoyonline.com| Akosua Asiedua Akuffo| [email protected]


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