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GES condemns killing of Asiakwa teacher

BY: Daily Graphic
Director General of the Ghana Education Service (GES), Professor Kwasi Opoku-Amankwa
Director General of the Ghana Education Service (GES), Professor Kwasi Opoku-Amankwa

The management of the Ghana Education Service (GES) has condemned the killing of Mr George Somuah Bosompem, a teacher of the Salvation Army Basic School at Asiakwa in the Eastern Region, by some youth.

"The Director-General and management of the GES have learnt with shock and disbelief the killing of Mr Bosompem. Management strongly condemns in no uncertain terms the killing of 55-year old Mr Bosompem, who has been described by his local Ghana National Association of Teachers (GNAT) as a very calm and reserved man," the Director-General of the GES, Professor Kwasi Opoku-Amankwa, said in a statement issued in Accra last Saturday.

The statement extended the sincerest sympathy of the GES to the widow of Mr Bosompem, his three young children, the entire family, his staff and pupils and the local community "of which he was a strong pillar and hope the Lord will keep and guard over them in these difficult and shocking times."

Background

Mr George Somuah Bosompem, a Religious and Moral Education teacher at the Asiakwa Salvation Army Basic School, died at the St Joseph's Hospital in Koforidua where he was rushed to after the attack on April 28, 2019,

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He was said to have protested against the invasion of his garden by drug addicts who smoked in the garden and defecated in the school.

Assault

Mr Bosompem’s protest did not go down well with some young people who brutally assaulted him.

He was initially admitted to the Kibi Hospital but later transferred to the St Joseph's Hospital.

So far, six suspects, all teenagers, have been arrested in connection with the death of Mr Bosompem.

Five before court

Five of them were put before the Kibi District Magistrate Court and were remanded into police custody to reappear on May 14, 2019.

The five, who are facing provisional charges of conspiracy to commit murder and murder, are Richard Amaning, 18; Mireku Emmanuel, 17; Philip Okodie, 17; Paul Boadu, 18, and Ezekiel Boadu, 19.

A sixth suspect, Aboagye Evans, alias Otega,18, was picked up last Friday night when he returned to the town from his hideout.

The incident has led to the closure of the Salvation Army Basic School as the teachers have withdrawn their services temporarily.