The mother of one of the victims of the shooting incident in Ejura has called for justice for her son and all other victims of the violent demonstration that broke out in the city on June 29, 2021.
Ms Agatha Donyina, a trader in the Ejura market, told the committee investigating the Ejura riots on Friday that her son was not part of the outraged youth.
She said her son, Louis Ayepa, a 20-year-old high school senior who was ill and had returned from school, was hit by what doctors later identified as a bullet as he entered a drugstore to buy medicine.
She said she was in her room when she saw on television that there was a clash between the youth and the police in the city.
“I called my son to make sure he was safe, but someone replied that he had gone to buy something. Shortly after, I got another call that my son had been murdered.
I rushed to the hospital where I saw my son being treated by the medical officers,” she told the committee.
Ms. Donyina said the son told her after regaining consciousness that he was entering a drugstore to buy medicine when something suddenly struck him.
He touched his stomach and realized he was bleeding and sought help from people nearby who took him to the hospital.
The woman, a single mother of three, appealed through the Committee to the government to support her and also find justice for the son.
She said the son who is still being admitted to Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital (KATH) had undergone surgery and was responding to treatment, thanking the head of Ejura and his elders for their support since the unfortunate incident happened.
Two people died while four others suffered varying degrees of injuries when the youth of Ejura clashed with security forces during a violent demonstration on June 29, 2021.
The demonstration followed the murder of 45-year-old Ibrahim Mohammed, also known as Kaaka, a social media activist.
Meanwhile, three people have been remanded in custody by the Asokwa District Court following their arrest over Kaaka’s death.
Issakar Ibrahim, aka Anyas, Fuseini Alhassan and Iddi Mohammed, Kaaka’s brother, face two charges: conspiracy to commit crime and murder.
Home Secretary Ambrose Derry has appointed a three-member ministerial commission at the behest of President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo to investigate the circumstances that led to the shooting of civilians during the riot.
The three-member ministerial committee investigating the Ejura uprisings is chaired by Judge George Kingsley Koomson, an appeals court judge, with Mr. Vladimir Antwi-Danso, a security analyst, and Ms. Juliet Adima Amoah, executive director of Penplusbyte. , a social organization , as members.
So far, 10 witnesses have appeared before the committee to testify.
They are Mr Simon Osei-Mensah, the Ashanti Regional Minister, Mr Erastus Asare-Donkor, a journalist with the Multimedia Group, Brigadier General Joseph Aphour, GOC, the Ghanaian Army Central Command and Lt Col Kwasi Ware Peprah, Commander of 4 billion.
Others include DCOP David Agyemang Adjem, Deputy Ashanti Regional Police Commander, Mr. Edward Oppong Marfo, a reporter for Citi TV and DSP Kwadwo Hammond.
The rest are Alhaji Mohammed Salisu Bamba, Municipal Head of Ejura Sekyedumase, Dr. Mensah Manye, Medical Superintendent of Ejura Government Hospital and Ms Agatha Donyina, a trafficker and mother of one of the victims.
However, the evidence of a witness from Ejura has been recorded by the committee with camera images for security reasons.