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GHANA POLICE SHOOT NIGERIAN MAN TO DEATH

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Tnsion is mounting in the Nigerian community in Ghana as police shot dead a Nigerian man simply identified as Precious.

The incident which occurred in the the refugee town of Gomoa Buduburam, Central Region led to an angry mob besieging the Police Station after the death of the Nigerian man.

In an account given by Precious’ wife to local journalists; the deceased came over to the hotel they were staying to tell her that someone had threatened to kill him.

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She said when they left the hotel to go home, her husband was anxious as he said his assailant could pursue him.

They went went to a friend’s house and when they got there, Precious shouted for the neighbours to come out because his assailant was still on his tail.

“The neighbours came out in their numbers and my late husband retraced his footstep to look out for the assailant. It took a long time and Precious was not returning so some of the people around followed up.

“Then someone called to tell me that Precious has been admitted to the hospital after he sustained a knife wound. When I insisted that I wanted to go see him they said no and locked me in the room.

“I later realised the police have shot and killed my husband. He has opened a shop for me here and people around know him very well…he is hardworking and does not steal so I don’t know why he was killed,” Precious’ wife told the ‘Adom news’.

The angry mob besieged the police station demanding answers. Some of them threw stones into the Police Station after they were sacked from there.

The police called for reinforcement to restore calm at the Station and in the area.

The Kasoa District Police Commander in a however confirmed the shooting of Precious at Gomoa Buduburam in the Central Region.

Superintendent Samuel Odame in an interview with Joy News Saturday, said the shot was fired in an attempt to defend the patrol team on the ground from the victim.

Narrating the incident, he said the police received intelligence that a man in possession of a machete had ran amok and was threatening to slash anyone who came his way.

Therefore, a patrol team was dispatched to engage him.

However, upon the encounter, Precious, now deceased pursued the officers and in their defence shot the man who subsequently died of the gunshot wound.

“The victim attacked my men with a machete. When the police officers got there, they wanted to talk to him to calm down but the Corporal who made that attempt was chased by the victim so my men had to run [for their lives].

“But the thing is, the shot was fired to disable him, it is just unfortunate that he passed on later. But the attempt was not to kill him, the attempt was to disable him,” he stressed.

Supt Odame however, refused to disclose where the bullet hit, explaining that, it could jeopardize the post mortem examination.

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