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ASIAKWA TEACHERS STRIKE TO DEMAND JUSTICE FOR SLAIN COLLEAGUE

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Angry teachers from four towns ‒ Asiakwa, Bunso, Sagyimasi and Adukrom, all in the Eastern Region ‒ have downed tools and vowed not return to the classroom until the killers of their colleague George Bosompem Somuah are brought to justice.

Angry teachers from four towns ‒ Asiakwa, Bunso, Sagyimasi and Adukrom, all in the Eastern Region ‒ have downed tools and vowed not return to the classroom until the killers of their colleague George Bosompem Somuah are brought to justice.

 

They also want assurances that their own safety will be guaranteed.

Four teenagers have been apprehended by the Kibi Police Command for clubbing the 57-year-old headteacher of the Asiakwa Salvation Army Basic School to death last month. Two others believed to have taken part in the bizarre incident are on the run.

The four teenagers apprehended are Richard Amaning, 18, Paul Boadu, 18, Emmanuel Mireku, 17, and Philip Okodie, 17.

They were arraigned on Tuesday before the Kibi circuit court, presided over by Alice Afia Yirenkyi, and remanded into police custody to reappear on May 14.

Plea for mass transfer

One of the teachers, Emmanuel Asare, who spoke to the Daily Statesman, asked the Ghana Education Service to undertake a mass transfer for all teachers in the town, saying they do not feel safe.

This is because of the practice common among some young people who use classrooms as a “base for their ‘wee-smoking’ activities”.

“Within hours after closing classes, these boys will invade our classrooms and start smoking,” Mr Asare said. “I have been threatened by one of the suspects before and so I don’t think I belong here.

“Who knows who might be next after Mr Somuah? We are no longer safe.”

Victim’s story

Narrating the events of April 28 to the Daily Statesman, the district police commander, Superintendent Magnus Reindolph Sam, said before the demise of the victim, his command “had the privilege of talking to him”.

The victim reportedly said that the suspected murderers, who were said to be under the influence of drugs, had attacked him in the park of the Salvation Army Basic School around 7pm on April 25. They allegedly accused him of trying to seduce a young woman, an accusation he denied.

“The deceased said he was on his way to see a friend and had to use the school park. On his way, he had the urge to urinate and in the course of doing that, the teenagers attacked him,” the district commander said.

Superintendent Sam said while under attack, the deceased was able to identify one of his attackers, whose name he gave as Richard Amaning before passing on.

Fruitless swoop

“My men were on patrol duties and came across a group of people around the school that fateful day and approached them, only to see the victim covered in blood.
“Luckily, Richard Amaning was on the scene and he was quickly apprehended and placed into custody for questioning,” he said.

The district commander added that the police have four suspects in custody now, with two on the run.

He said two of the arrested suspects were turned in by their parents.

“We heard the two were hiding at Etukrom, where we carried out a swoop but could not locate them. We will do anything possible to apprehend them,” he said.

Drug menace spreads

The late Bosompem Somuah was sent to the Kibi Government Hospital and later transferred to the St Joseph’s Hospital in Koforidua, where he passed away.

The police superintendent said drug use by local teenagers is on the rise and that his unit is leaving no stone unturned in trying to combat the problem.

“Swoops have been carried out on numerous occasions and we have some strategies up our sleeves that we will be employing soon to deal with the recalcitrant young boys,” he said.

Aggrieved teachers

Meanwhile, the assemblyman for the Twafo Electoral Area in Asiakwa, Bernard Baah Amoako, has described the killing of the teacher as “alien to our community”.

He said local people will do anything to assist the police to arrest the other two suspects on the run.

“We condemn this behaviour totally,” he told the Daily Statesman yesterday. “The community, as we speak now, is calm, with people going about their normal activities.”

Mr Baah Amoako pleaded with the aggrieved teachers to return to the classroom, saying that the community will do all it can to offer them the security they need.

“We have collaborated with the security services to ensure that the entire community, including teachers, is safe.
“Nothing like this will happen again. We once again condemn it and will ensure that justice is served,” Mr Baah Amoako said.