The family of one of seven alleged armed robbers gunned down by police in the Ashanti region are demanding for proper investigations into the matter as brother is not an armed robber as being claimed by the police.
According to the family of Hannan Bashir, their relative “has never been involved in crimes against the State to warrant being killed in such terror and horror fashion”.
In a statement signed by a cousin of the deceased, the family noted that the news of Hannan’s death shocked them to the bone.
“Hannan grew up in a noble and religious family in Kumasi and his pursuit of legitimate means of livelihood made him travel outside the shores of Ghana by dint of hard work only to succumb to the bullets of police officer taken care of by Ghana’s taxpayers including his own family,” the statement said.
The family want President Akufo-Addo to constitute an independent committee to conduct “a full-blown, uninterrupted and conclusive investigations” into the killing of Hannan and the other six.
The Police announced on Tuesday that seven out of the eight suspected robbers, who attacked a vehicle at Ayirebikrom near Manso Nkwanta on 11th July had been gunned down.
The eight are accused of killing a Police Officer with the SWAT Unit of the Ashanti Regional Police Command who was on duty during the attack.
The deceased officer, Lance Corporal Daniel Teiku was on duty with his colleague, Lance Corporal Eric Nsiah when the incident happened.
The two police officers were reportedly overpowered by the masked men and shot alongside other passengers on board.
The officer was pronounced dead upon arrival at the Saint Martin’s Hospital at Agroyesum, while the other officer was treated and discharged.
Four other passengers who sustained injuries in the process are also responding to treatment.
The Police been accused of killing people without proof of they being robbers on several occasion but in most cases, such issues are not investigated to ascertain the truth or otherwise.
Read the full statement from Hannan Bashir’s family below
POLICE WRONFULLY KILLED OUR BROTHER – FAMILY DEMANDS INVESTIGATIONS
“The family of Maryamiyya, Kumasi has received with shock the murder of one of its sons Hannan Bashir as one of seven gunned down in Manso Nkwanta in Ashanti Region.
We wish to categorically State that our relative Hannan was not and has never been involved in crimes against the State to warrant being killed in such terror and horror fashion.
We call for immediate forensic investigations to bring the perpetrators of his murder to book.
Hannan grew up in a noble and religious family in Kumasi and his pursuit of legitimate means of livelihood made him travel outside the shores of Ghana by dint of hardwork only to succumb to the bullets of police officer taken care of by Ghana’s taxpayers including his own family.
We condemn police brutality of every kind and humbly calling on H.E the President to constitute an independent committee for a full-blown, uninterrupted and conclusive investigations into the killing of our son and the other six.
AHMED SALIM YUSHA,