Wa becoming more tense over suspected police murder

Following the suspected execution of a middle-aged man by the police last nightv, tension is rising in Dondoli, a suburb of Wa, the Upper West region’s headquarters.

The police’s anti-robbery team is said to have executed the dead, Abubakar Shahban, because of his alleged participation in a robbery ring that has been active in Wa and its surroundings.

The purported murder has sparked fury and unrest in the Dondoli neighbourhood since several locals reject the victim’s involvement in any illegal activity and claim that the police’s justification for the death is nothing more than a fabrication intended to defame the deceased.

According to the deceased’s family, he left his house on March 8 at around 8:00 p.m. to visit a friend, but he never came back. The family said they were just informed of the slaying on March 9’s morning.

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At the late Islamic scholar’s funeral, mourners expressed regret that he was allegedly shot by police and identified as a collaborator with a robbery gang.

The late cleric’s 66-year-old mother claimed that her son was a law-abiding citizen and had no involvement in the purported crime for which he was killed.

According to reports, the Upper West Regional Police Command failed to comment when approached but stated that the victim was a member of a robbery group. The Command noted that last night, while some members of the robbery group were detained, one individual managed to flee with a pair of handcuffs.

The leadership also stated that the incident would be properly examined in order to find anyone else who may have been involved in the crime. The deceased’s body has been placed in the mortuary of the Upper West Regional Hospital for an autopsy.

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