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General News of Monday, 4 March 2019


Investigator contradicts National Security Minister’s claims at Short probe

The Detective Inspector of East Legon Police Station has contradicted the claims by National Security Minister, Albert Kan Dapaah, that only six shots were fired during the violence that marred the Ayawaso West by-elections.

Gunshots have become a major part of the Emile Short Commission’s probe not only because persons appearing before it are contradicting themselves but some election watchers and voters sustained injuries believed to be gunshot wounds.

But testifying before the Commission Monday, Sulemana Jallo Abdulai said, aside the three spent shells which he personally picked from the crime scene upon his visit at the Bawaleshie polling station; he saw 37 other spent shells in the hands of a certain man, who identified himself as Wala Youth Chief.

“I spotted Wala youth chief holding a plain rubber (polyethene) bag containing empty shells. Some pressmen also rushed on him but he said he was reserving his comments. Approximately I counted 37 empty shells,” he told the Commission.

President Nana Akufo-Addo through an executive instrument, established the Emile Short Commission of Inquiry to among other things, make a full, faithful and impartial inquiry into the circumstances of, and establish the facts leading to, the events and associated violence during the Ayawaso West Wuogon by-election on January 31.

The contradictory account of the number of gunshots fired in the course of the violence is not limited to these two individuals. Benjamin Tagoe, a neighbor who testified before the commission said about 20 shots were fired.