The flag bearer and leader of the National Democratic Congress, John Dramani Mahama has taken to Facebook to express shock over the murder of Mfantseman MP, Hon. EKOW Quansah Hayford on Friday morning.
The member of Parliament was shot on the Abeadze Dominase – Abeadze Duadzi – Mankessim Road on his return from a campaign trip. He is believed to have been attacked at about 1:00 am Friday morning by 6 armed highway robbers.
According to an eyewitness report, while the robbery was ongoing, the NPP MP identified himself. This allegedly infuriated the robbers who blamed him for the problems being faced by people in the country.
The former president sent his heartfelt condolence to the bereaved family, describing the murder as a despicable act by the perpetrators, charging security agencies to investigate, arrest and bring justice to the matter.
He, however, bemoaned the growing insecurity concerns in the country, urging government and security agencies to up their game in protecting the good people of Ghana, suggesting the provision of armed police guards for sitting MPs.
Kindly read his full statement below..
I have received the shocking news of the death of Hon. Ekow Quansah Hayford, MP for Mfantseman in a reported armed robbery attack. My condolence to his family. This is a most despicable act, and we all look forward to the security agencies investigating and arresting those involved and bringing them speedily to justice.
There is a growing climate of insecurity in Ghana. Dastardly armed robberies and violent crime have become a common occurrence. I urge government and the security agencies to do more to protect the Ghanaian people. It’s probably also time to look at the provision of armed police guards for our MPs.
Our hearts go out at this time to the spouse and family of the late MP.