The Upper East Regional Police Command through an intelligence-led operation on Saturday, December 18 shot to death one Laayaame Simon alias Yendu believed to be one of the suspected armed robbers who callously murdered two police officers in Zuarungu.
“A special anti-robbery squad assisted by the Upper East Regional Police Command through an intelligence-led operation at Kpatia in the Talensi District have gunned down suspect Laayaame Simon alias Yendu aged 34 years, one of the three suspected armed robbers who callously murdered two police officers at Zuarungu,” the police said in a statement on Wednesday, December 22.
But according to the youth of Talensi, the young man shot by the police is ‘innocent’ because he was even at work when the suspected armed robbers carried out the heinous crime.
“The innocent man killed is known to everyone in the community and beyond as a very humble soul, peacemaker and the breadwinner of his extended family,” they said at a press conference on Tuesday, December 21.
“He has no criminal record of any form to the best of our knowledge and we challenge anyone including the killers to provide contrary evidence of this fact.”
They further stated that he did not resist arrest but the police decided to prosecute their agenda of “targeted” killing by shooting him.
“Assuming without admitting that in any case there’s a lead intelligence linking him to the culprits of such an ungodly act, why will you not rather apprehend him alive to aid you arrest the remaining perpetrators?
“You the police should have wanted him alive more than any other person if that weird logic which has no evidentiary backing but just a rumour is assumed.”