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Asawase killings: Bereaved families receive GHc1.7m compensation

The bereaved families of the seven young men killed by policemen in 2018 at Manso-Nkwanta in the Ashanti Region are said to receive their GHc 1.7m compensation Thursday.

The killings on July 7, 2018, triggered outrage and anger in Zongo communities in Kumasi with residents insisting on the innocence of the seven.

The seven were believed to be part of eight suspected robbers, whose attack led to the death of a Police Officer with the SWAT Unit of the Ashanti Regional Police Command at Ayirebikrom near Manso Nkwanta.

Minister for Inner-Cities and Zongo Development, Mustapha Abdul-Hamid who is expected to disburse the compensation is in fulfilment of President Akufo-Addo’s promise made in January 2019 at the Zongo for Peace and Development Conference held in the Ashanti Regional capital, Kumasi.

The President pledged a total of GHc 1.7 million as compensation for the families and added he will ensure that justice is served

The families however commended the President’s decision to offer compensation and asked the state to ensure that the police officers found culpable are punished.

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