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Crime & Punishment of Thursday, 27 September 2018

Source: peacefmonline.com

Killed 'Gang of 7': Commitee submits report

The Independent Committee that investigated the killing of seven Zongo youth at Asawase in the Ashanti Region presented its report to Vice-President Dr Mahamudu Bawumia on Wednesday, 26 September 2018.

The vice-president’s office has also forwarded the report to the Attorney General’s office for the necessary steps to be taken.

The government set up the committee after the police and families of the deceased gave different versions of the circumstances that led to the killings.

A statement signed by Alhaji Abubakar Saddique Boniface, Minister of State at the Office of the Vice-President, said: “The Government wishes to have the matter resolved as soon possible.”

“We wish to once again express our condolences to the bereaved families and to assure that no effort will be spared to bring closure to this unfortunate incident,” the statement said.

The police alleged that the seven were armed robbers who opened fire on them after they had signalled them to stop.

The families and community, however, insist the seven deceased were “educated and well-known” members of the area, who were not thieves and, therefore, called for a probe into the circumstances that led to their killing.