Police in the Ashanti Region has released the names of nine suspects believed to have been involved in the fatal gunshots at the Ashanti Regional office of the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC).

“We have gotten extra names of some suspects who have been mentioned in this very case that we are asking the general public to assist in getting them arrested,” Public Relations Officer, ASP Godwin Ahianyo, told Valentina Ofori-Afriyie on Class 91.3FM’s 505 news programme on Wednesday, 20 February 2019.

The suspects are Saani Mohammed alias Commando, Wayo, Element, Jah Rule, Petit, Akon, Fayiz, Mallam and Rock.

This brings the total number of suspects linked to the murder case to 13 after police announced earlier that four suspects belonging to NDC-affiliated vigilante group ‘The Hawks’, have been identified as playing various roles in the shooting incident.

The four suspects are Hussein Barri alias Warrior, Midjima, Damos and Abu Taliban.

Meanwhile, the man who was shot dead by the attackers, Abdul Wasiu Idrissu, was on Wednesday buried amid heavy security.

A solemn Islamic ritual was organised for the deceased before his burial at Tafo.

ASP Ahianyo told the media at a press briefing that the incident happened when some motorbike-riding gun-toting men alleged to be members of ‘The Hawks’ invaded the NDC’s premises and fired several gunshots indiscriminately.

ASP Ahianyo said the police are pursuing the suspects for their arrest.

He noted that the crime scene has been cordoned off to enable the police to conduct investigations.

Background

A gunman identified by eyewitnesses as a member of ‘The Hawks’, which is affiliated to the NDC, shot at fellow party members during a regional executive meeting in Kumasi.

The shooter, according to the eyewitnesses, shot the first victim thrice – first in the thigh, then in the belly and on the back as he fell to the ground.

Reports reaching ClassFMonline.com indicate that members of ‘The Hawks’ pitched camp on one side of the meeting while members of the NDC task force also pitched camp on the opposite side.

One of the members of ‘The Hawks’ began throwing tantrums that something was going to happen, according to the eyewitnesses, and the victim from the task force approached him and said nothing was going to happen.

It resulted in heated verbal exchanges and the member of ‘The Hawks’ pulled a gun and shot the victim from the NDC task force, the eyewitnesses said.

The victim was rushed to the Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital where he died.

Another victim shot by the same gunman has sustained injuries but still alive and in critical condition.

Source: ClassFM

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