The Police say it has deployed heavy security to Nkoranza in the Bono East Region following a clash between rampaging youth and its officers, which has led to the death of one more person.

A Police statement issued on Wednesday, May 18, said the situation has been under control to pave the way for economic activities in the town and its adjoining communities.

“We, therefore, wish to assure all law-abiding citizens to go about their socio-economic activities without fear or hindrance, for the Police will do whatever it takes to protect their lives and property,” the Police stated.

In a protest against the alleged killing of one Albert Akwasi Donkor, the youth in the farming community attacked the Nkoranza Municipal Police Headquarters and freed at least six suspects in custody.

A security reinforcement from Techiman could deter the youth from throwing stones and clubs at the officers, after destroying properties, including vehicles, at the Police headquarters.

“Police responded appropriately to the situation, including bringing reinforcement teams from the Regional Headquarters and adjoining regions to restore law and order. Two suspects have so far been arrested in connection with the attacks and are in Police custody.

“All other persons involved in perpetrating this barbaric act are being pursued to face justice,” the statement added.

At least nine persons who sustained gunshot wounds are receiving treatment at St. Theresa’s Catholic Hospital.

According to the Administrator of the Hospital, Rev Father John Bremini, “we have about nine people who have suffered various injuries; some have been sent to the theatre for surgery. The second one is on the table that they are working.”

Giving details on the injuries sustained by the victims, he added, “I was told that one, the bullet penetrated through the stomach and they have to work on the intestines, and the other one was through the legs so had bled for many hours and now at the theatre that they are working on.

“The last one at the Emergency currently, there is a bullet in the chest. He was in a coma, so they have to do resuscitation; that has been done, so we hope that very soon, we have also to take him to the theatre to be operated on as well.”

Below is the full statement by the Police:

Nkoranza clash: ‘Situation is under control, officers deployed extensively to the town’ - Police
Nkoranza clash: ‘Situation is under control, officers deployed extensively to the town’ - Police