Compensate Ejura shooting victims, Attorney-General tells govt

The Attorney-General (A-G) has adviced the government to compensate families of victims of the Ejura shooting incident despite a recommendation by the Ejura Committee.

Godfred Dame

The Attorney-General Godfred Yeboah-Dame advised the government to compensate three injured victims of the incident with about GH¢1.28 million.

The three injured persons captured in the A-G's advice for compensation are Louis Ayipka, 30; Nasif Nuhu, 20, and Awal Mesbawu, 16.

He also advised that Ayikpa should be compensated with GH¢347,953, Nuhu should get GH¢192,425, and Mesbawu should be given GH¢678,519.

Apart from the compensation, he advised the government to implement a recommendation by a Medical Board for the victims to be given medical and psychosocial care.

The Independent Committee, constituted by the Minister of Interior, recommended, among others, adequate compensation to be paid to the injured persons, Louis Ayikpa, shot in the intestine; Awal Misbau, who lost his leg, and Nasif Nuhu, who sustained injuries.

Background

On June 26, 2021, a campaigner of the #FixTheCountry, Ibrahim Kaaka Mohammed died at Ejura Sekyeredumase in the Ashanti Region, and subsequent violence erupted in the town that led to the death of three people and injuring four others.

Security officers made up of the police and military were dispatched to Ejura to maintain law and order, following intelligence that the youth were planning to stage a protest to demand justice.

Following a clash between the security officers and the protesting youth, shots were fired which resulted in the death of two people while others also sustained various degrees of injuries.

The police in a statement said its preliminary investigation shows that following the burial of Ibrahim Mohammed at Mempeasem cemetery at Ejura on Tuesday, June 29, 2021, some irate youth blocked the main Ejura Atebubu road, thus, impeding traffic flow and the security moved in with military reinforcement to quell the situation but the irate youth charged on the security officers with all manner of implements including firearms, clubs, machetes, and stones.

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