‘This is an epidemic of injustice’ – Nkoranza South MP demands justice for resident who died in Police custody

The people of Nkoranza South, led by MP Emmanuel Kwadwo Agyekum, are demanding justice and responsibility from the Ghana Police Service in the case of a suspect who died while in their custody.

 

The suspect, Albert Donkor, was arrested on April 25, 2022, at 1:00 a.m. from his mother’s home in Kasadjan, according to a press release signed by the MP.

 

Mr. Donkor was arrested on suspicion of robbery on the Nkoranza-Kintampo route, according to him.

 

“Albert Donkor was denied access to his own counsel, his family members were denied access to him, he was never tried by a competent court, and today all we hear is- Albert is no longer, how careless can the Police Service be?” Mr. Agyekum added.

 

“This is a pandemic of injustice,” he continued, “and the people of Nkoranza cannot remain silent when innocent Albert Donkor is targeted and slain.”

 

The MP questioned the police’s legitimacy for arresting and torturing the deceased at his home without sufficient evidence.

 

“The Ghana Police Service looks to be fast adopting the speculative and frequently uninformed initial reporting that defines eyewitnesses,” he said.

 

Mr. Agyekum added that the police claim that the suspect died while leading them to the other suspects in a ghetto is implausible and that the residents of Nkoranza South cannot accept it.

 

“I call on the President, Ministers of State, colleagues in the House of Commons, human rights organizations, and the clergy to join me in demanding justice for Albert Donkor, who was shot by the police and died unnecessarily as a result of the unprofessional actions of some individuals in uniform.”

 

NKORANZA’S PEOPLE DEMAND JUSTICE FOR ALBERT DONKOR.

 

Albert Donkor was arrested by the Ghana Police Service on suspicion of robbery on the Nkoranza-Kintampo road on April 25, 2022, at exactly 1:00 a.m. from his mother’s home in Kasadjan, Nkoranza South Municipality.

 

Albert Donkor was denied access to a lawyer of his choosing, his family members were denied access to him, he was never tried by a competent court, and all we hear now is “Albert is no longer,” as if the Police Service could be more reckless.

 

The people of Nkoranza cannot remain silent in the face of this plague of injustice; innocent Albert Donkor has been targeted and slain.

 

Given the near-instantaneous ability to apprehend suspected criminals, the obligation for making accurate and legitimate arrests takes on new meaning. The Ghana Police Service appears to be gradually adopting the speculative and frequently uninformed initial reporting that characterizes eyewitnesses.

 

What is the basis for detaining a civilian at his home and torturing him to death, rather than the death occurring as a result of a gunfight at the crime scene?

 

The Police’s rambling explanation that the victim was shot during the robberies because he led the police to capture the other suspects in a ghetto is implausible and cannot be accepted by the people of Nkoranza South, just as the same rationale was given in the bullion truck robbery case in Ashaiman.

 

This is a clear and regrettable example of inept strategic leadership within the Police Service. Indeed, with this policing mentality, Ghana is unquestionably living in a nightmare with no end in sight.

 

The Police Service should inform the residents of Nkoranza about the competent court that approved Albert Donkor’s murder. I call on the President, Ministers of State, colleagues in the House of Commons, human rights organizations, and clergy to join me in demanding justice for Albert Donkor, who was shot by the police and died unnecessarily as a result of the unprofessional actions of some officers.

 

Finally, I would like to encourage Ghanaians to use the hashtag #Justice4AlbertDonkor on social media to ensure that justice is not only served, but also seen to be served.

 

HON KWADWO AGYEKUM, (MP FOR NKORANZA SOUTH CONSTITUENCY)

 

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