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General News of Monday, 11 February 2013

Source: Hon. Albert Abongo

Investigate shooting of protestor - Abongo

The shooting of Azaare Gideon has brought 'grief and tension' to the people of Vea and must be investigated, says the member of parliament(MP)for the Bongo Constituency, Hon. Albert Abongo.

In a press statement released on Friday he called for investigations into the death of the final year student from University of Education, Winneba, who was shot on February 6 during a peaceful protest to protect a local shrine.

According to a press statement released on Friday, the Bongo MP asked the Upper East Regional Security Council to as a matter of urgency establish why a peaceful demonstration by the youth of Vea should lead to the brutal murder of a promising young leader and the wounding of several others by the police. He also called on the Regional Security Council to stop work on the Vea Dam till the murder is properly investigated, the perpetrators punished and justice done to all.

“I wish to call on the Regional Security Council to cause an immediate seizure of the exploitation of rocks from the shrine by the Contractor and to carry out an investigation into the circumstances leading to the death of Mr. Azaare Gideon, a community leader and the wounding and arrests of several others”, Hon. Abongo called.

See statement below

A PRESS RELEASE A CALL FOR INVESTIGATION: THE KILLING OF MR. AZAARE GEDION, THE WOUNDING OF MANY AND THE ARREST OF SEVERAL OTHERS BY THE POLICE IN VEA ON THE 6/02/2013

On the 6th /02/2013 the people of Vea community in the Bongo District had embarked on a peaceful protest against the exploitation of rocks from a shrine in the community believed to harbour their gods. The event resulted in the shooting to death of Mr. Azaare Gideon, a final year student of the University of Winneba and the wounding and arrest of several others by police.

I wish to call on the Regional Security Council to cause an immediate seizure of the exploitation of rocks from the shrine by the contractor and to carry out an investigation into the circumstances leading to the death of Mr. Azaare Gideon, a community leader and the wounding and arrests of several others.

The death of Mr. Azaare Gideon has brought grief and tension to the community whiles the Contractor with the protection of the Police continues to exploit the rocks believed to be the abode of their Gods.

I also call on the Vea community to remain calm while the matter is investigated for a lasting peace to prevail.

Hon. Albert Abongo

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