A violent clash between #FixTheCountry protesters and troops in Ghana has led to the death of two persons, with four others injured in the fracas.
The youths were said to have been protesting rising youth unemployment, inefficient health system, the skyrocketing cost of rent, poor road networks among other issues.
The clash took place at Ejura Sekyeredumase in the Ashanti region of the country on Tuesday. This was after the killing of Ibrahim Mohammed, a young civil society activist and member of the recent #FixTheCountry political and social protest movement, who was lynched by a mob on Saturday.
Ibrahim later died on Monday at the Komfo Anokye Hospital where he was admitted.
After residents of the town of Ejura gathered to protest the killing of Ibrahim, police and security officers intervened violently to quell the protest and “two people died in the clashes,” said police spokesman Godwin Ahianyo, assuring that calm had returned to the locality.
Subsequently, the youths took to the street to protest his death and demand that the perpetrators must be brought to book.
JoyNews reports that the protesters allegedly invaded the police station in the area to demand justice for the late Mohammed while the police reportedly used water cannons to disperse them.
After the protesters left the police station, they were said to have hit the street to continue the protest until they clashed with some soldiers and police officers who were said to have been called in to restore peace in the vicinity.
The soldiers had reportedly shot into the air to disperse the youths but the protesters were undeterred and were said to have charged at the soldiers. Consequently, the military started shooting into the crowd.
A farmer, whose name was given as Abdul Yussuf, was reportedly shot in the shoulder and chest. He died on the way while being taken to hospital.
Muntala Mohammed, the other victim who was a motor dealer, was reportedly hit by a bullet in the chest and died 10 minutes after arriving at the hospital for treatment.
The killing of Mohammed, popularly called Kaaka, and two other protesters has generated criticisms against the government. Mohammed was a member of the Economic Fighters League movement and a vocal critic of the government on social media.
The Ghana police said they arrested two suspects in connection with his death. They also said they have lunched an investigation into the circumstances that led to the killing of the protesters and called for calm.