Ejura shooting: 16-year old boy shot during protest amputated

BY: Getrude Ankah Nyavi

Doctors at the Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital have amputated the right leg of one of the four persons who sustained gunshots in Tuesday’s June 29, 2021 disturbances at Ejura in the Ashanti Region.

The 16-year old boy, Awal Misbawu, and the others sustained gunshot wounds while two persons died when some soldiers opened fire on protesters in Ejura.

Master Misbawu was initially sent to the St. John of God Hospital at Duayaw-Nkwanta and later referred to the Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital.

Speaking on Accra-based radio station, Citi FM, the mother of Misbawu, Madam Stalemate Mohammed said he was amputated on Saturday, July 3, 2021.

“So the child was crying so painfully and we had to call on our chief who in turn also called a doctor for us and the child was admitted. So he [Doctor] informed us that the leg cannot be worked on so he has to be amputated. So that has been done and my son is in pain right now.”

Background

The incident happened after the burial of one popular campaigner Ibrahim Mohammed aka Kaaka.

Some agitated Ejura youths block roads to protest Kaaka’s death, while police move in with military reinforcement to quell the situation.

A number of individuals, groups, and political parties have questioned the presence of the military at the place. 

But the Ashanti Regional Minister, Simon Osei Mensah, said he called for the presence of the military in the capacity of Chairman of the Regional Security Council (REGSEC) because of the intelligence he gathered a day before the protest that led to the death of two persons.

He said he had picked intelligence that the youth of the area had planned to burn the Ejura District Police Station after the burial of social activist, Ibrahim Muhammed, aka Kaaka, who was killed by a mob.

Meanwhile, President Akufo- Addo has constituted a three-member committee to investigate the incident.

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