The government has presented a cheque of GHS1.4 million to compensates the families of four victims who were shots dead by police officers at Foase on 7th February, 2018 in the Atwima Kwanwoma District of the Ashanti Region.
Each family received a cheque of GHS250,000. Some 29 others who sustained injuries also received cheques ranging from GHS1.2billion to GHS4,500, depending on the severity of their injuries.
The presentation was held at the Ashanti Regional Coordinating Council (RCC) The four persons who are now deceased, were shot during the clash. They include Kwaku Seth, 24; Kojo Ofori, 47; Prince Boateng, 29; and Douglas Addai, 35.
The cheques were handed over to them by the Deputy Minister of Local Government and Rural Development who doubles as the chairman of the seven-member committee that was set up by the government, Mr Kwasi Adjei Boateng. According to him, one of the deceased Kojo Fori family will not received their cheque of Ghc250,000 as a compensation due to misunderstanding in the family but promised to settle the matter as soon as possible, he added.
They have since been buried. A fact-finding committee was set up by the government to investigate the melee where recommendations were made for implementation. A seven-member committee led by the Deputy Minister for Local Government and Rural Development, Kwesi Adjei Boateng was later set up by the government to implement the fact-finding committee’s recommendations.
Mr Adjei Boateng urged the families of the four deceased persons families and victims to make good use of the compensation package, especially for the well being of the children left behind. Atwimahene Nana Antwi Agyei Brempong II also called on the deceased and those who sustained injuries families to give thanks to president Akuffo-Addo for such support.