Ash-Town shooting is a purely criminal case – DCOP Gyening


The Ashanti Regional Command has appealed to residents not to politicize yesterday’s shooting incident where one Maphus was allegedly shot by a supporter of the Member of Parliament for Manhyia, Mathew Opoku Prempeh.

Regional Commander, DCOP Augustine Gyening told a press a conference in Kumasi the command is treating the case as a purely criminal one and appealed to residents not to politicize it.

He says for sometime now, there has been a strained relationship between Gausu, who allegedly shot Maphus until it degenerated on Thursday.

Maphus is currently on admission with the sister who tried to rescue him at the Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital from gunshot and machete wounds.

Supporters of Dr Opoku Prempeh who were on door-to-door campaign are said to have attacked Maphus after he allegedly gave a warning shot.

But DCOP Gyening who spoke on eye witness account said one Gausu who was among Dr Prempeh‘s team shot Maphus with a locally manufactured pistol after the two exchanged words when the former went there with the Member of Parliament.

Giving details he said at about 4 pm on Thursday, Dr Prempeh and his campaign team arrived at the residence of Maphus at Mbrom, near Ashanti New Town.

In that house, Maphus exchanged words with Gausu but was restrained by the mother.
Jamila Ziblim, the mother of Maphus told police he asked for money and T-shirt from Dr Opoku Prempeh when he and his team visited their house.

Though she tried to have the case settled, Gausu did not allow her but later requested that the two settle their differences at the police station.

Later in the day whilst on their way to Abirem at Ash Town, they met Dr Prempeh and his group. This time, Gausu picked a locally manufactured pistol and shot Maphus.

Whilst he languished in pain, the other members of the group attacked him, inflicting machete wounds on him and the sister who attempted to rescue Maphus.

According to DCOP Gyening, though police have made efforts to reach Dr Prempeh for his side of the story, he is yet to respond.

He appealed to the Manhyia MP to volunteer information on his side of the story to police to enhance police investigations.

Meanwhile, DCOP Gyening has warned police will deal ruthlessly with anyone who tries to disrupt the December 7 elections.

?The stand of the police is that we will not allow anybody to do anything untoward, meaning that we will deal ruthlessly with anybody who tries to misbehave on elections day,? he warned.

By Ohemeng Tawiah, Nhyira Fm-Kumasi, Ghana

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