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Immigration officer shot dead near Ghana-Burkina Faso border

Michael Otu served with the Hamile detachment under Operation Conquered Fist along the Burkina Faso border

Michael Otu served with the Hamile detachment under Operation Conquered Fist

An officer with the Ghana Immigration Service (GIS) has been shot dead by unknown assailants, an official statement issued on Tuesday (22 March 2022) said.

Michael Otu, who was serving with the Hamile detachment in Operation Conquered Fist, was found dead with gunshot wounds, the GIS statement said.

“Preliminary investigation revealed that the officer had had six gunshots from the rear by his attackers largely suspected to be smugglers,” said the statement, which was signed by Ibn Yussif Duranah Abdul-Mumin Seidu, GIS spokesman in the Upper West Region.

“It was further established that the fallen officer might have had a struggle with his assailants preceding his [killing].

“His body was hidden under a bridge whilst his motorbike and helmet were found some 100 metres away from the remains,” it said.

Call for calm

Otu was shot dead at Kokoligu, a village between Nandom and Hamile, while on night duty along the Ghana-Burkina Faso border.

Unconfirmed news reports say the officer was aged 24 and that he joined the Ghana Immigration Service in 2017.

“While we call for calm, together with the defence intelligence and police, all efforts in the pursuit of the perpetrators cum their modus operandi behind the callous killing of this selfless patriot is a necessity,” the GIS statement said.

“We call on anyone with positive leads to volunteer same in order to allow justice to take its own course. We shall leave no stone unturned in pursuit of the perpetrators of this barbaric incident.

“They may run but they can’t hide!”

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