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General News of Tuesday, 23 January 2018

Source: citifmonline.com

Family of slain Kwabenya policeman wants a fund for his children

The family of the Police officer who was killed over the weekend at the Kwabenya Police station wants the government to establish a fund to cater for the education of his children.

The inspector was the breadwinner for a family of seven with the youngest being 3 years.

Speaking to Citi News, brother of the deceased, Mawuli Ashilevi, said measures are being put in place to give their relative a befitting burial.

He, however, appealed for a more substantial support for the family. “My brother is a government worker or a nation saver, so we know that because he is doing the job to save mother Ghana they government will treat his family better.

So if they can put some amount aside to help the children in the future to further their education, it will be a very good thing to do. So we are hoping to get something from government, they promised so we are looking up to them,” he added.

Background

A gang of suspected armed robbers on Sunday dawn attacked the Kwabenya District Police Headquarters, which accommodates the Kwabenya Police Station, killing an officer on duty, and freeing cell inmates. A total of seven inmates were freed.

Meanwhile, the Police have begun a manhunt for the seven fugitives.

No mercy

Government has also condemned the attack on the Kwabenya District Police Headquarters.

Speaking at a press conference on Monday, Information Minister, Mustapha Hamid, assured that persons involved in the act will face the law. “First of all government condemns the criminal conduct of these elements in the strongest possible terms. There is a manhunt for these criminal elements and we have no doubts in our minds that they will be brought to face justice. “Government takes this opportunity to express its deepest sympathies to the family of the deceased policeman… While this is one of the isolated incidents that have unsettled the Ghanaian population, we wish to continue to assure the Ghanaian people that the security agencies are working to ensure the general safety of the population. The preventive mechanism of the Police Service remains intact which helps to nip such occurrences in the bud before they become full-blown criminal activities.”

Trust Fund

The request for an education fund to support the children of the late police officer comes on the back of the passage of the Major Mahama Trust fund which was set up by government for children of Major Mahama, a military officer who was lynched in the line of duty at Denkyira-Obuasi in the Central Region in May 2017.

The fund has a seed capital of GH¢500,000 and was approved by Parliament in November 2017.