Two persons have been confirmed dead after some residents of Ejura in the Ashanti Region clashed with a joint team of police and soldiers on Tuesday.
The two were among six persons who were shot during the clash and taken to the Ejura Government Hospital.
The clash occurred when some residents pelted stones at the security personnel who were deployed around the burial grounds of the late social activist, Ibrahim Muhammed.
“One died on the spot before he was brought to the hospital, so we just confirmed the death. One other died 10 minutes after resuscitation,” Dr. Mensah Manye, the Medical Superintendent Ejura Government Hospital said to Citi News.
The injured persons are, however, now stable and communicating, Dr. Manye added.
“Currently, we have done some investigations for them. We have taken them to the X-ray unit to also see the extent of the fracture for possible advice,” he said.
The Kontihene of Ejura, Nana Odiasempa Antwi, who spoke to Citi News after visiting the Ejura Government Hospital, urged the residents to be calm.
“All that I am telling my people is that we are not fighting the security agencies. We want justice for the dead,” he said.
Ibrahim Muhammed died after he was attacked by a mob when he was returning home on his motorbike on Sunday. He’s alleged to have been killed because of his social activism which some felt was making the government unpopular.
The 45-year-old was noted to be vocal on both local and national issues using his Facebook page.
His family says he had faced threats over his activism prior to the attack.
He was rushed to the Ejura Government Hospital and later referred to the Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital, where he died at midday on Monday.
Police in the Ashanti Region have since arrested two persons in connection with his death.
Ibrahim Muhammed’s death has sparked protests in Ejura and outrage online.