Brave prison officer shot dead after refusing to surrender his bag to robbers

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Armed robbers killed a 59-year-old prison officer on the Kumasi-Accra Highway’s Asiakwa-Apedwa stretch.

Chief Officer Francis Dzaka Mawunyo was shot in the face at close range after defying a group of robbers’ orders to surrender a bag in his possession.

His refusal to hand over the bag containing 340 is said to have enraged a member of the three-person robbery gang, who shot him in the left eye, killing him instantly.

Chief Officer Francis Dzaka Mawunyo

According to a Kibi Divisional Police situational report, they responded to a distress call from the scene to the Eastern Regional Police Headquarters in Koforidua’s Information Room.

At around 2:30 a.m. on Thursday, the robbers blocked, stopped, and robbed over 20 vehicles near Brimso and Enyinasi.

“On the spot investigations disclosed that three armed men suspected to be of Fulani extraction stopped the vehicles and robbed the passengers of their properties, including cash and mobile phones,” it added.

The robbers also stopped the deceased, who was traveling from Kumasi to Accra in a 46-seater Hyundai bus with registration number AP 260-22.

“It was further disclosed that the robbers demanded that the deceased surrendered his bag, but he resisted; as a result, one of the robbers armed with pump-action gun fired at him at close range by the left eye, killing him instantly.

“The robbers subsequently collected the bag of the deceased,” it said.

When a search was conducted on the deceased, 340 and a prison ID card bearing his name, Dzaka Francis Mawunyo, were discovered, according to the sitrep.

Until his death, Mr Mawunyo was stationed at the Kumasi Central Prisons and scheduled for retirement in June this year.

He left behind three children and a wife.

His death has left officers at Kumasi Central Prisons devastated.

Meanwhile, the deceased’s body has been deposited at the Kibi Government Hospital morgue, pending an autopsy.

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