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Police allegedly kill Ntankoful resident, sparking tension in community

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Tension is brewing in the Ntankoful community of the Sekondi-Takoradi metropolis in the Western Region following the alleged killing of a resident by the police. The deceased, identified as Emmanuel Baiden, also known as Abu, was reportedly arrested last month on suspicion of being an armed robber.

However, Abu’s family and residents claim that they were not informed of the police station where he was being held until they heard of his death. His wife, Felicia Acquah, claims that she witnessed the arrest of her husband by people who claimed to be police officers in mufti.

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According to Felicia, the officers approached Abu while he was with his family, asked him some questions, and then went back to their vehicle. Suddenly, they returned, grabbed her husband, and started beating him mercilessly. When Abu asked what crime he had committed, they said nothing. The officers took him to his house, broke into the room, and scattered everything. They continued to beat him with their guns until he became weak, then took him to their vehicle and drove off. Felicia did not hear anything again until she learned that her husband had died.

The family claims that they followed up with the Western Regional Police Command to inquire about Abu’s whereabouts and were told by the Deputy Regional Police Commander, Dr. Chidi, that their relative had died in a shootout with the police.

However, a family member, Alhaji Muhammed Jawal, expressed doubt about the police’s account of the incident. According to him, Abu was arrested unarmed and handcuffed, so he could not have been exchanging gunshots with the police. Another resident, Baba, who was also arrested at the same time as Abu, claims that there was no gunshot exchange while they were in the police vehicle.

The family later inquired about Abu’s body and was told that it had been deposited at the Police Hospital in Accra. When they arrived at the hospital, they were given the opportunity to identify the body. They claim that there were no gunshot wounds on the body but rather signs that he had been beaten to death. They also noticed fresh blood oozing from Abu’s head, leading them to suspect foul play.

The Queenmother of Ntankoful, Nana Efua Yiba II, has called on residents, especially the youth, to remain calm as investigations continue. The situation remains tense, and the community is awaiting further updates on the incident.

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