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Family of girl shot in the buttocks at Karimenga by Police petition IGP, Minister for Gender

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It would be recalled that in May 2022 there was some uneasiness in Karimenga, in the North East Region, as a young lady was shot in the buttock after police said she, along with the rider of the motorbike they were on, were suspected criminal elements.

“At about 5pm yesterday, the police detailed to man the checkpoint on the Bolga-Tamale road, at the section of the road known as the Karimenga snap checkpoint, were attacked by the community members after the incident had occurred. The incident had to do with the suspicion of criminal movement and an accident that indeed occurred.”

“As the police were on duty, they observed an oncoming motor rider with a pillion rider. They crashed into the barricade as we have it to embark on stop-and-search. Now, when they crashed, the rider managed to flee the scene and the police suspected them to be criminal elements who are about to commit a crime somewhere. Because they saw the police with all the reflective materials, the police decided to immobilise them. A gunshot was fired and unfortunately, it hit the pillion rider who happens to be a lady. The victim was rushed to the regional hospital,” the Public Affairs Officer of the Upper East Regional Police Command, Assistant Superintendent of Police (ASP), David Fianko-Okyere said when he spoke on Dreamz FM.

After the shooting, the victim was conveyed to the Upper East Regional Hospital. She was subsequently sent to the Diare Health Centre in Kukua in the North East Region where the bullets were removed.

Expected to bear the cost of the removal of the bullets, the recepits for the cost of treatment were sent to the Ghana Police Service for reimbursement.

The cost of treatment, feeding and transportation was valued at a little over Ghc8,000.00.

More than 6 months after the incident, the police have still refused to reimburse the family. This is according to Godwin Wuni, the brother of the lady who was shot. 

Speaking on the Day Break Upper East Show today, January 30, 2023, Mr. Wuni explained that despite the involvement of the chiefs, the police have still refused to honour their pledges. 

The family has thus petitioned the MP for Walewale, who doubles as the Minister for Gender, Madam Lariba Zuweira Abudu. 

“We communicated with the MP for Walewale, who is the Minister for Gender, to try and show interest in the case. We were asked to write a petition petitioning the IGP, the Minister of Interior, and the MP herself. We did that and she said we should hold on for the meantime,” he said. 

Meanwhile, the family is unclear about how much longer it is expected to hold on. 

Source: A1radioonline.com|101.1MHz|Mark Kwasi Ahumah Smith|Ghana


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