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Ekow Hayford’s death: ‘There’s growing climate of insecurity in Ghana’ – Mahama

Flagbearer of the National Democratic Congress (NDC), former president John Mahama has bemoaned the heightening insecurity in the country, calling on the government to sit up.

Reacting to the murder of the Member of Parliament for Mfantseman Constituency in the Central Region, Ekow Quansah Hayford, the NDC leader said the circumstances under which the MP died is the “most despicable act” and called on the security agencies to invsetigate the death immediately.

“There is a growing climate of insecurity in Ghana. Dastardly armed robberies and violent crime have become a common occurrence,” Mr Mahama lamented as he commiserated with the family of the slain MP.

He added, “I urge government and the security agencies to do more to protect the Ghanaian people.”

Mr Mahama said the death of Hon. Ekow Quansah Hayford was shocking.
“My condolence to his family. This is a most despicable act, and we all look forward to the security agencies investigating and arresting those involved and bringing them speedily to justice,” the NDC flagbearer said in a statement posted on his Facebook wall.
The late Ekow Hayford.
“It’s probably also time to look at the provision of armed police guards for our MPs.
Our hearts go out at this time to the spouse and family of the late MP,” he added.

In a chilling account of how the calm legislator died, an eye witness believed to be a member of the MP’s party, the NPP, said the MP was returning home from a campaign trip when he was attacked on the Abeadze-Dominase-Abeadze Duadzi-Mankessim Road.

The eye witness is heard in audio tape in circulation saying the sad incident happened around midnight Friday, explaining that they saw that the road ahead of them had been  blocked. He added their driver slowed down because they thought there was an accident scene ahead of them.

“When we moved a step further, we saw that they [robbers] were with guns. Ekow Quansah Hayford was seated at the front seat of the vehicle then he began to scream ‘armed robbers, armed robbers’, so he asked, ‘What do we do?…We decided to manoeuvre and find a way to escape but the robbers shot our vehicle and it stopped abruptly,” the eyewitness recounted.

The MP’s vehicle after he was killed

He continued that the 6 armed men approached their vehicle and asked them to hand all their valuable items which he did.

“They took my phone and money and I heard them asking the MP to bring his phone and money when he responded that his money…his money and they pulled him out of the vehicle.”

The eye witness said he then sneaked into the nearby thicket as they armed men turned their attention to the MP.

“I heard them tell him that you politicians are the reason we are suffering in this country after he revealed himself to them as the MP of the area,” he added “I could hear multiple gunshots while I was in the bush for about an hour and half.”

Police have since launched investigations into the murder while the body of the MP has been deposited at the Saltpond Government Hospital.

Tributes have also been pouring in for the late MP, while many bemoan the heightening insecurity in the country as elections draw closer.


Source: Ghana|

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