Vice President, Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia on Saturday, announced a GH¢185, 000 compensation package for the family of late Chief Inspector, Emmanuel Ashilevi who was killed by some armed robbers in a raid on the Kwabenya Police Station two months ago.
Dr. Bawumia made the announcement when he spoke at the funeral of the late Chief Inspector.
He said the amount forms part of efforts by government to standardize compensation packages for all police officers who die in the line of duty.
“The President has asked us to look at putting in place a package which is uninformed for all the ranks, for policemen who die in the line of duty. In this regard, Chief Inspector Emmanuel Ashilevi would be the first recipient of this package. The calculation of this package for chief Emmanuel Ashilevi and his family an amount of GHc185,374.85 has been released to pay for all the compensation packages for chief Inspector which is intended to appropriately support the family and to cater for the children’s education. So on Monday the wife and the children should report at the police headquarters to collect the cheque,” the Vice President added.
Dr. Bawumia also disclosed that similar compensation packages have been released to the families of 122 other police officers who either lost their lives or got injured in line of their duties like Chief Inspector Ashilevi.
He said the 122 beneficiaries include those who applied for compensation and have been awaiting their packages since the year 2002.
“Funds have also been released to pay the compensation packages of 122 other police personnel who either lost their lives or got fatally injured in the line of duty just like Chief Inspector Ashilevi. These payments covers all personnel who have applied and waited for compensation since 2002 and who have not been paid appropriately. All compensation payments being made to all affected personnel or their families are expected to be completed by the end of March this year,” he stated.
The Vice-President also announced the late officer’s posthumous promotion from Chief Inspector to Assistant Superintendent of Police, a gesture which was appreciated by the bereaved family.
ASP Emmanuel Kwaku Ashilevi was shot dead on January 21, 2018, as armed men broke into the Kwabenya Police Station, freeing seven inmates.
The Accra Circuit Court which was dealing with the case on February 16, 2018, imprisoned two of the escapees who had been rearrested; Atta Kwadwo and Prince Osei to 30 months after they pleaded guilty to conspiracy to escape from lawful custody and escaping from lawful custody.
Meanwhile, four other escapees including three Ghanaians and a Nigerian are still on the run.
By: Godwin Akweiteh Allotey/citifmonline.com/Ghana