Oti Region: Seven hospitalised after sustaining gunshots during a funeral 

Speaking to Asaase News, residents say the victims might have been hit by bullets discharged from a firearm during the funeral ceremony

Seven people have been hospitalised after they sustained gunshot wounds at Kadjebi in the Oti Region.

The injured persons are suspected to have been hit by bullets during the final funeral rites of one Richard Kwame Osafo Gyapong, a youth leader of the Kadjebi Traditional Area on 3 November.

The perpetrator(s) are yet to be identified.

Some residents believed the culprit belonged to an Asafo group from Jasikan, suggesting that the incident may have been accidental.

The injured individuals have been identified as Moses Agbanaglo, 51, a farmer; Kwadzo Norsi, 46, a mason; Shiabu Razak, 38, a motor-rider; and Tutu Gyapong, 34. The identities of the remaining three victims are not yet available.

One of the victims, Agbanaglo said he was standing at a distance when he suddenly realised he had been hit by a bullet in the chest and leg.

Agbanaglo claims he can identify the perpetrator.

Norsi, who sustained injuries to his abdomen and arm, reported that he was also hit by a bullet while standing at the funeral grounds.

Checks by Asaase News revealed that the victims are in stable condition, except for two who are in a critical state.

Police sources have confirmed the incident and stated that investigations are currently underway.

Currently, the victims are responding to treatment at the St. Mary Theresa hospital at Dodi Papase.

Meanwhile, the deceased, Richard Kwame Gyapong is said to be the brother of the Oti regional chairman of the National Democratic Congress (NDC), John Kwadwo Gyapong.

The residents are calling on the police and authorities to investigate and bring the culprits to book.

Reporting by Solomon Mensah-Ahiable Oti region.

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