Ghanaian Lawmaker Shot Dead

A Member of Parliament for Mfantseman Constituency in Ghana, Mr Ekow Kwansah Hayford, has been shot dead.

The 49-year-old MP was shot by unknown assailants while returning from a campaign tour on the Nkusukum Mankessim-Abeadze Duadze road in the Central Region at about 1am on Friday, October 9, 2020.

An eyewitness in a radio interview in Accra said the suspected robbers stopped the MP’s vehicle with others which had joined him on the campaign tour but the MP’s driver attempted to drive through.

The driver was reportedly shot first which resulted in he losing control over the vehicle.

They were all ordered out of the vehicles and the MP reportedly introduced himself when the suspected robbers asked which of them was Ekow Kwansah, the eyewitness said.

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The lawmaker was said to have identified himself and he was shot twice.

Ghana is set to hold a general election on 7 December.

The Mankessim Divisional Police Commander, Deputy Superintendent of Police, Mr Owoahene Acheampong, said the Police were still gathering information as part of investigations.

The body has been deposited at the Saltpond mortuary.

The deceased MP had filed his nomination for re-election on Thursday and met with the Central Regional executives of the NPP before he set off on the campaign trip.

Hayford is survived by a wife and two children. He was the only child of his mother,

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