President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has expressed shock at the murder of the Member of Parliament for the Mfantseman Constituency in the Central Region, Ekow Kwansa Hayford, by suspected armed robbers.
Mr Hayford, 49, was shot by unknown assailants who stopped his vehicle on the Abeadze Dominase – Abeadze Duadzi – Mankessim Road while returning from a campaign trip.
Eyewitness accounts indicate that the legislator’s vehicle was stopped by the suspected robbers, who later identified him as a politician and shot him.
President Akufo-Addo in a statement said he was shocked and saddened by news of the murder of the Member of Parliament for Mfantseman, by suspected armed robbers in the early hours of this morning adding that It is a sad day for Mfantseman and for Mother Ghana.
The President recounted meeting him publicly when he commissioned a water supply project in his constituency saying “by all accounts, he was very much appreciated and loved by his constituents, and I expect the police to bring the perpetrators of this gruesome, cruel act to book as soon as possible.
President Akuffo Addo expressed his deepest condolences to his family, to the Mfantseman constituency, to the New Patriotic Party, and to Parliament and wished that his soul rest in perfect peace.
The Police have begun investigations into the matter.
Meanwhile, the National Democratic Congress (NDC) has suspended its campaign in the Mfantseman constituency until Monday, to commiserate with the New Patriotic Party (NPP) following the death of Ekow Quansah Hayford, who was the MP for the Area.
The NDC in a statement issued and signed jointly by Fred Budu Hagan, constituency Chairman and Dr Stanley K.K. Acquah, Constituency’s Communications Officer expressed its deepest condolences to the family and the NPP.
The Party has thus called on the Police to do everything in their power to apprehend the perpetrators of the heinous crime and let the law deal ruthlessly with them.