Brother of late Lance Corporal Mohammed Awal is certain the slain police officers would still be alive if they were armed.

Sawaba Musa blamed the incessant death of police officers in the country, on the lack of logistics for officers combating crime.

Five police officers have been killed in the line of duty within the last 30 days. Many security experts have attributed it to the lack of logistics for police personnel who ensure law and order in the country.

Mr Musa on Adom FM’s morning show, Dwaso Nsem programme, Thursday said, if his brother had a gun or was wearing a bulletproof vest, he would still be alive.

“I saw my brother and he waved me only to be told after 25 minutes that he had died. He didn’t have a gun or even pepper spray,” he bemoaned.

Mr Musa underscored the need for the police to be given guns, especially during patrols to avoid such unfortunate deaths.

Background

Sergeant Michael Dzamesi and Lance Corporal Mohammed Awal were with the Kasoa Motor Traffic and Transport Department (MTTD).

During usual checks on the Buduburam stretch of the Accra-Winneba road, the team flagged a driver of an unregistered vehicle to stop.

The driver set off a chase after refusing to stop. Armed men in the saloon car opened fire, hitting Sgt Micheal Dzamesi in the head.

He took cover in a provision shop close by but collapsed in there and was rushed to the hospital. Lance Corporal Mohammed Awal was also hit in his lower pelvis and the left side of his back, Daily Graphic has reported.

He died at the Police Hospital in Accra where he was receiving emergency care.

Three suspects have been arrested.

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