Hundreds of residents in Kumasi on Thursday joined relatives and community leaders to bury four Zongo youth mistaken for armed robbers and killed by police about two months ago.
Sympathetic youth who joined the mourners decided to trek over 15 kilometres to the cemetery in solidarity with the deceased.
Military personnel were deployed to maintain law and order to avert potential violence by placard-bearing youth who believe the police deliberately killed their colleagues.
Musah Seidu, also known as Baba Kande, Mohammed Bashir Musah, Mohammed Kamal and Baa Bont were among the seven people killed at Manso-Nkwanta in the fatal incident.
One of them was buried two weeks ago while two others who were Christians will be laid to rest last Saturday.
The killing of the seven sparked violent reactions from a section of the youth who blocked roads and burnt car tyres amid an attack on police and journalists.
The government has set up an independent committee of enquiry to investigate claims by the Zongo community the victims were innocent.
The leadership of the Council of Zongo Chiefs is satisfied at the level of participation and comportment.
“I will say the Zongo community has comported itself very well. You can see that almost everybody from the Zongo Community is out to see to come and see our brothers off give our brothers a befitting burial,” General Secretary of the Council, Alhaji Musah Shuabu Shariff has said.
Photo: The graves of the deceased lie a few meters away from each other at the Old Tafo Cemetery.
Meanwhile, the Concerned Zongo Youth, a youth group in the area, is asking the committee of enquiry to expedite action on its mandate.
The group’s chairman, Saddick Alhaji Hussein, says the work of the committee would be put to test.
“The next major issue now is the report and that is what everybody is looking at is the report. If the report is out, its published and people are satisfied, I want to believe that that will take us to a next leg of the issue,” he said.