The Kofrom Police brutality which allegedly resulted to the death of 27-year old Osei Tawiah finally comes to a very disturbing end…
Although the family of Osei Tawiah completed all procedures required of them for the deceased to be laid to rest, they never accepted what they were told led to the death of their son and brother. They are still very hungry for justice to be served over the death of the young man. And since it seems the legal way have not served their desires satisfactorily, they turned to the supernatural.
Osei Tawiah who was dressed and laid in state, ready for burial Thursday was armed with some fetishes which according to the family will aid the deceased in the spirit world to do justice to his killers. The items included a machete, a bullet cartridge, broom, pepper, some eggs, a pair of shoes, a cap and a sponge.
According to Nhyira FM’s Kwasi Debrah, an aunt of the deceased told him she learnt what the Akans call ‘nsamankom’ (a trance that enables the living to interact with the dead) during the one-week celebration. The aunt revealed that the late Osei instructed the family through her to put those items in the coffin for him to avenge his untimely death. Another relative also spoke of having a vision Wednesday instructing him to do same by the deceased.
This was done in agreement with residents and the family of the deceased who also made a ‘statement’ when his body was laid in state, Thursday. The family who said they didn’t want the presence of the police at the event invoked curses on the killers of Tawiah.
Death of Osei Tawiah
The late Osei Tawiah was allegedly brutalised to death by the police on May 26 at Krofrom, a suburb of Kumasi. Three policemen were reported to have beaten Osei Tawiah to death on suspicion that he was a criminal. The residents of the area however, lamented that the deceased was innocent and demanded justice.
But, the police denied causing his death. An autopsy was subsequently carried out on the deceased by Dr Osei Sampane, Head of the Pathology Department at the Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital (KATH) on June 1, 2016, which said he died of natural causes. According to the autopsy report, late Osei Tawiah died of a heart attack. Both the family and youths of the area ejected the reports and staged violent protests, demanding that the policemen who brutalised Osei Tawiah be prosecuted.
Following their rejection of the autopsy report, the hospital refused to release the body for burial. They however gave the family an option of either going to a private pathologist to conduct an independent autopsy or present a letter to KATH indicating it had accepted the first autopsy report based on which the body would be released.
The Public Relations Manager of KATH, Mr Kwame Frimpong, told the Daily Graphic that, since the matter has a legal implication, KATH needed to have a written document to tender in court in case of any future litigation over the matter.
However, KATH later decided to release the body for burial after the family submitted all necessary documents, including the death certificate. He was finally buried Thursday.