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Gunmen Kill Lawmaker After Campaign Event

Police said a member of President Nana Akufo-Addo’s ruling New Patriotic Party, Ekow Quansah Hayford, has been killed while campaigning ahead of the December elections in his constituency.

Men of the force on Friday, added they have commenced an investigation on the death of the lawmaker.

Wofa Yaw, an NPP official who was accompanying the slain MP, told AFP “His driver attempted to drive through a road-block but he was shot,”

“In the course of the melee, the MP introduced himself as the lawmaker for the area and immediately they shot him and he died on the spot,” Yaw said, adding that the driver later died in hospital.

Another witness who gave a similar account said, “They asked us to lie down while others ran into the bush. It was a terrifying scene. All we heard were gunshots,” the witness said, asking to remain anonymous.

James Oppong-Boanuh, inspector general of police, said in a statement that investigators had been dispatched to support local authorities in solving the alleged robbery incident and murder.

Ghana’s president posted a statement on Facebook saying that he was shocked and saddened by the news, offering condolences to the MP’s family.

“By all accounts, he was very much appreciated and loved by his constituents, and I expect the police to bring the perpetrators of this gruesome, cruel act to book as soon as possible,” President Akufo-Addo said.

 

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