Friday, August 30, will be one of the memorable days for residents of Abuakwa Zongo in the Ashanti Region, as the body of a proud son of the soil, slain police officer, Lance Corporal Awal Mohammed, was buried. 

Wednesday evening was never the same for Mohammed Osman, father of one of the officers killed in the line of duty in Gomoa-Buduburam in the Central Region.

The residents trooped to the family house of Mr Osman when news made the rounds that his son was one of the two officers gunned down by armed robbers.

Lance Corporal Awal buried

Lance Corporal Awal Mohammed died from gunshot wounds in his lower pelvis and the left side of his back, media outlets have reported.

Holding back the tears, distraught Mr Osman said he heard the news of the Wednesday afternoon shooting after he had returned from evening prayers.

He described his son as disciplined and respectful.

“It felt like a dream…I had,” he said and revealed the anxious wait for over an hour to hear any more news of his condition at the Police Hospital in Accra.

“God has shown his power,” his father told JoyNews Ashanti Regional correspondent, Ohemeng Tawiah, in an interview during the funeral.

The retired driver said he will miss his only son among eight children.

Lance Corporal Awal buried

The country was thrown into a state of shock and sadness as news came from Gomoa Buduburam that Sargeant Michael Dzamesi and his riding partner, were gunned down by armed men. 

The two officers on traffic duty had stopped Eric Kojo Duah and his friends who were in an unregistered blue-black Toyota Camry from an area called Kasoa-Vodafone, heading towards the Ofaakor-Bawjiase road, a major hideout for robbers.

The occupants of the car refused to stop and there was an altercation which did not end well.

In line with Islamic customs, Lance Corporal Awal was transported home to be buried by his family a day after his untimely death.