Asawase Killings: Suspects Were on Wanted List – Dery
The Interior Minister Ambrose Dery has revealed that one of the two suspected robbers killed by police in Asawase in the Ashanti region had been on the wanted list of the regional police command for more than a year.
The police on Thursday, November 9, shot and killed two suspected armed robbers at Sepe, in the Asawase constituency who were said to be terrorizing residents of Kumasi.
Their names, according to the police, had come up following the arrest of a gang said to have been terrorizing residents in parts of the Kumasi metropolis.
The deceased persons were identified as 38-year-old Awudu Osman and Lukman.
Asawase MP Muntaka Mubarak had decried the brutalities one of the victims was subjected to during his arrest and challenged the allegation of robbery against him.
He charged the Interior Minister to make findings of preliminary investigations available to help reduce the tension brewing in the constituency.
But addressing the issue in Parliament Wednesday, Mr. Dery said one of the suspected robbers had been on the wanted list since June 2016.
“[One of them] has been on the regional wanted list since 16 June, 2016 for his involvement in a robbery case that occurred at a bakery in Kenyase where they shot a worker Aba Kyere and took away a pump gun and GHc13, 500.
“Two of his accomplices, Farouk and Saliu are currently in prison custody…names of the suspects are also on a list of suspects allegedly involved in the illegal acts of land guards in the Kumasi metropolis,” Mr. Dery said in Parliament Wednesday.
Mr. Dery also assured investigations into the shooting of the duo are ongoing adding “that the commitment of government to make all persons free and safe is unflinching.”