From Isaac Akwetey-Okunor, Odumase-Krobo
The family of a 23-year-old, Thomas Narteh Partey, who was killed after he was hit by a stray bullet during the violent protest over the astronomical electricity bills sent to the people of Odumase Krobo, have threatened to carry the corpse of their son and dump it at the police station on Saturday if the police fail to release report over his death to them.
The family said: “If by midday of Friday 12th July 2019, the Police Service refuses to update the family or release the report which has been paid for, we will be compelled to take drastic decisions to draw public and national attention to our plight,” the family said.
According to the family, though it has officially written two letters, dated 10th and 24th June 2019, to the District Commander of the Police Service at Odumase-Krobo, and subsequently to the Inspector General of Police (IGP) in Accra, requesting an update on police investigations into the incident, the Service has treated the requests with contempt, creating the impression that the family was being taken for granted.
The Head of the family, Mr. Winfred Sam Partey, said: “We wrote to officially request for the police report and were made to pay GH¢80 for the processing of the said report one month ago, but we have not been communicated to, and all efforts to follow up have yielded no result. Our son was harmless and yet he was brutally murdered; we remained calm and have chosen to cooperate with the service, but our peaceful posture is being taken for granted.”
The frustrated family head wondered what was delaying the release of the report over a month after they had requested and paid for it. According to him, the police was not communicating with the family to tell them what was thwarting the release of the report.
It will be recalled that on May 22, 2019, one person was shot dead when some residents of the Lower Manya Krobo Municipality took to the streets to protest against what they described as overbilling by the Power Distribution Services (PDS) and the police-assisted disconnection exercise in the Krobo area.
Armed police personnel, in their efforts to control the violence, opened fire, which killed Thomas Narteh Partey and injured the 18-year-old basic school pupil (a candidate of the just-ended BECE), Ruth Mankattah, and a 41-year-old farmer, Kortey Tetteh.
Ruth’s right leg, which was penetrated by a bullet, was subsequently amputated after spending several weeks on admission at the St. Joseph Orthopedic Hospital in Koforidua.
Mr. Kortey Tetteh was, however, treated and discharged, and is presently nursing a bullet wound in the thigh, rendering him immobile.