Parliament summons Dery over killing of 2 robbers


    Minister for the Interior Ambrose Dery has been summoned to appear before Parliament to answer questions in connection with the shooting and killing of two suspected armed robbers in the Ashanti Region by the police.

    The two were gunned down on Thursday, 9 November after they allegedly attempted escaping lawful arrest.

    The shooting incident has created tension among residents of Aboabo with some suspecting foul play.

    Minority Chief Whip, Alhaji Mohammed Mubarak Muntaka has expressed disappointed in the manner in which the suspects, Lukeman Mohammed and Awudu Osman were gunned down and criticised the law enforcement body over its handling of the matter.

    On the floor of the House on Friday, 10 November, Alhaji Muntaka questioned how the suspects could be killed in police custody and also urged the youth in the area to remain calm.

    The Speaker subsequently directed the Minister for the Interior to appear before the House on or before 22 November to brief parliament on the circumstances that led to the shooting to death of the two suspects by the police.

    Meanwhile, the family of Awudu Osman, one of deceased, are angry with the police.

    The police claim they shot Lukeman Mohammed and Awudu Osman as they attempted to escape from custody.

    A brother of the deceased who spoke to Adehye FM’s Elisha Adarkwa on Friday, described as unlawful, the killing of his brother.

    According to him, his now-deceased brother was helping the police to trace a gun when the shooting happened.

    He wondered why the police would shoot a suspect who was cooperating with them, adding: “What they did was illegal”.

    “The family is currently in a meeting concerning his killing to know what they will do about it,” he disclosed.

    Meanwhile, the Public Relations Officer of the Ashanti regional police command, ASP Juliana Obeng, who briefed the media earlier on the case, said the suspects confessed to the police that they had arms (pistols) hidden in an uncompleted storey building at Sepe, a suburb of Kumasi.

    The two attempted their escape while leading officers trace a cache of arms.

    “Whilst the search was ongoing, the two suspects who were in separate handcuffs jumped from a one-storey building to escape from the police. They were, however, chased and fired at to immobilise them from escaping, but suspect Awudu Osman died instantly, while suspect Lukeman Mohammed was pronounced dead on arrival at the Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital,” ASP Obeng explained.

    ASP Obeng said the bodies of the two have been deposited at the morgue.