Government compensate families of 7 killed by police

Government compensate families of 7 killed by police

- Akufo-Addo has announced a GHS 1.7 million compensation package for the families of the seven young men killed wrongfully by police officers

- Each family will receive a compensation of GHC 250,000

President Nana Akufo-Addo on Tuesday announced a ¢1.75 million compensation package for the families of the seven persons shot dead by police at Manso Nkwanta in the Ashanti region.

According to Akufo-Addo-ddo each family will get GHC 250,000 as compensation.

He made the announcement at the launch of the Zongo for Peace and Development initiative in the Ashanti regional capital, Kumasi.

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I cannot come to Kumasi and not revisit the unfinished business of the death of seven of our compatriots at the hands of some police personnel last year. Based on the recommendations of the committee, I asked the IGP to interdict the police personnel involved. Processes have been initiated that will result in the prosecution of any police person allegedly found to have acted outside the law, Akufo-Addo said.
“I am happy also to announce to you that a compensation package totaling GHS 1.75 million, that is 250,000 for each of the seven families, is to be paid to the dependents of the deceased. Even though money cannot replace the life of a human being, it is our way of accepting the responsibility of the state in this unfortunate affair,” Akufo-Addo added.

The compensation follows a report by a fact-finding committee into the July 17, 2018 fatal shooting of the seven persons at Manso Nkwanta within the Amansie West District.

The fact-finding committee found, there were no facts to establish that the deceased persons were armed robbers who engaged in exchange of fire with the police.

The police officers initially alleged, the victims belonged to a gang of robbers who killed their colleague Lance Corporal Daniel Teiku on July 1, 2018.

Meanwhile, 21 police officers have been interdicted and are to be prosecuted for their roles in the killing of the civilians.

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