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EDUCATION MINISTER AND SCHOLARSHIPS REGISTRAR VISIT MURDERED TEACHER’S WIDOW

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The Minister of Education, Dr Matthew Opoku Prempeh, and the Registrar of Scholarships, Kingsley Agyemang, have paid separate visits to Ivy Aseidua, widow of George Somuah Bosompem, the teacher who was murdered by teenagers in Asiakwa in the Eastern Region who attacked him on 28 April.

The Minister of Education, Dr Matthew Opoku Prempeh, and the Registrar of Scholarships, Kingsley Agyemang, have paid separate visits to Ivy Aseidua, widow of George Somuah Bosompem, the teacher who was murdered by teenagers in Asiakwa in the Eastern Region who attacked him on 28 April.

Lamenting the incident, the Minister of Education said his ministry will do what it takes to curb the recurrence of such incidents and ensure that teachers have adequate protection while carrying out their work.

Living in fear

Earlier, the Registrar of the Ghana Scholarships Secretariat, accompanied by elders of the town, said the murder had not only cast the town in a bad light but also instilled fear in teachers in the town.

Consoling the widow, Mr Agyemang presented an undisclosed sum of money to her and assured her of his assistance.

“I want to take this opportunity to console Madam Asiedua and all the kids left behind. It is a very unfortunate incident, especially someone who had to go through this at the hands of kids he taught.
“However, as investigations go on and we ask that justice be served, I want to assure you that we will be here for you and will support you,” Mr Agyemang said.

Boys in court

Meanwhile, the Kibi District Magistrate’s Court, presided over by Alice Efua Yirenkyi, on Tuesday remanded into prison custody the six young men facing prosecution in connection with Mr Bosompem’s murder.

The accused – Evans Aboagye (alias Otega), 19, Richard Amaning, 18, Ezekiel Boadu, 20, Offei Frimpong, 19, Philip Kodie, 19, and Emmanuel Mireku, 19 ‒ are facing charges of murder and conspiracy to commit a crime.

Prosecutor Margaret Kontoh told the court that investigations carried out showed the ages given by the young men contradicted information held at their schools.

She pleaded with the court to remand the six accused in custody to enable the police to investigate their age records at the Births Registry further.

Age confusion

Defence counsel Peter Nimo challenged the ages provided by the prosecution, arguing that all the accused are below the age of 18 and therefore the case must be tried before a juvenile court.

The defence counsel also pleaded for an alibi for two of the accused ‒ Philip Kodie and Emmanuel Mireku ‒ saying they were not even in the community during the incident.

However, the court did not accept the plea and they were remanded in custody to reappear on May 25.