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Tuesday, February 13, 2007

Samuel Enin's brutal murder - Police pick 1st lead - Car suspected to be have been used by assailants abandoned at Ash Town

An abandoned car at Ashanti New Town in Kumasi may provide a clue to policemen pursuing Friday’s killers of the Ashanti Regional chairman of the Ghana Journalists’ Association (GJA), Mr Samuel Enin.
Seventy-two hours into the bloody affair at Pankrono in Kumasi, the police yesterday impounded the white VW Jetta saloon car suspected to have been used by the assailants of the journalist.
As the search intensifies, a team of investigators has been dispatched from Accra to strengthen the efforts of their colleagues in Kumasi.
The vehicle with registration number AS 5598 W, was said to have been abandoned at Ashanti New Town at about 11 p.m. last Friday.
Deputy Commissioner of Police (DCOP) Frank Adu Poku, the Ashanti Regional Police Commander assured the Daily Graphic that efforts were being made to enable the police to make a definite decision on the vehicle.
Eyewitnesses at the shooting scene had claimed that they saw the killers flee in a white saloon car but could not identify the make or number of the vehicle.
Further to the police efforts, the administration has put up a ¢20 million reward for anyone with information leading to the arrest of the killers while the Member of Parliament for Old Tafo Pankrono and a Deputy Minister of Finance and Economic Planning, Dr Anthony Akoto-Osei, has offered ¢10 million.
That brings to ¢40 million the amount so far set aside for such information, the GJA having earlier on, made a pledge of ¢10 million.
DCOP Adu-Poku stated that they had put in place an effective machinery to track the killers and consequently urged the public to assist the police in that respect.
The Regional Commander, who later addressed a news conference attended by a large number of journalists wearing red bands, said three people had been questioned and released on bail.
They included Janet Boadi, the caretaker of the drinking spot where the act took place, Seth Affram and Kwadwo Fosu, who were both with Mr Enin before the murder.
Mr Adu-Poku stated that the attackers took away the mobile phones of Janet, Fosu and Elizabeth Yankey, the girlfriend of Fosu.
He refuted reports that a large amount of money belonging to Mr Enin was found at the Libra World Drinking Spot where the act took place and said this might confirm an eyewitness’ account that he saw the attackers struggle with Mr Enin over a polythene bag.
While condemning the killing in no uncertain terms, Mr Adu-Poku called on the media and the public to desist from speculations about the motive for the attack.
“It is too early to assign any reason for the killing so let us all be patient and allow the investigators to do their work without any impediment”, he added.
Among the speculations were that the journalist was murdered by thugs, was a target of perceived enemies, the killing was politically motivated, and robbery.
The regional commander further urged radio presenters to stop interviewing witnesses and friends of the late Mr Enin since it could distort police investigations.
“It may also endanger lives of compatriots since the reason for his killing is not yet established,” he said.
He asked anybody with information on the killing to call at his office.
He urged journalists in the region to feel free to do their work and have nothing to fear because the police would do everything to protect them.
On the other hand, media practitioners should also ensure some level of personal protection by being careful about where they sit and when.
Meanwhile, members of the Ashanti Regional branch of the GJA led by their Patron, Mr George Ayisi-Boateng, have visited the widow and family to console them over the death of Mr Enin, while red flags were flying at the offices of all media houses in the city.
Mr Ayisi-Boateng urged the family to take consolation in the fact that Mr Enin lived a worthy life as a journalist and gave the assurance that the association would assist the family in the organisation of a fitting funeral for the late regional chairman.
Announcing the ¢20 million police ransom, the administration asked any member of the public with information on the incident to report to the nearest Police Station or call 024-4326538 or 051-23484, reports Albert K. Salia
A statement issued by the Police Administration assured the GJA that the police would co-operate with the association to ensure the safety of journalists in the discharge of their duties.
Enin was shot in the abdomen by two gunmen at a drinking spot at Old Tafo, near the Pankrono Estate.
So far, one person, suspected to be an armed robber in the locality, has been arrested by the police.
The Deputy Inspector-General of Police in-charge of Operations, Dr K. K. Manfo, said the Police Administration attached so much importance to the matter that it would want it resolved as early as possible.
He expressed the hope that with the support of the high-powered investigation team from the CID Headquarters to the Kumasi police, who were already on the ground, the police would resolve the matter quickly.
Dr Manfo said it was too early for anyone to describe the shooting incident as an assassination.
He explained that initial reports indicated that the gunmen demanded the mobile phones of the people at the bar and it was only after they resisted that the armed men shot at the victims.
According to Dr Manfo, in such circumstances, it would be dangerous to draw the conclusion that it was an assassination.
He, therefore, urged the public to exercise circumspection in their discussions on the matter until the police completed their investigations.
Dr Manfo assured the nation and journalists in particular, that the police would do everything in their power to unmask the persons behind the dastardly act.

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