The Law Society of Ghana (LSG) has called for swift investigations into the murder of an Accra-based lawyer and member of the society Richard Badombie.
The lawyer was shot and killed instantly on the Bole-Bamboi highway over the weekend while on his way to his hometown, Jirapa, in the Upper West Region of Ghana.
The deceased was with three family members in a Hyundai Accent saloon car when he was attacked.
The Police has assured that they will do “whatever it takes to get these miscreants arrested and brought to justice.”
But the LSG which is shocked by the murder of its member has said in a statement that it “deem it crucial to call on the Inspector General of Police (IGP) to, as a matter of urgency, institute an expeditious investigation into his murder in a bid to bring the perpetrators to book very quickly.“
The statement signed by the Chairman of Publicity & Planning Committee of the LSG, Atukwei Quaye, said ”it is imperative that the Police acts with speed in order to allay the fears of all lawyers and other citizens that we could be easily gunned down in broad daylight and be treated as business as usual.”
Below is the statement;
PRESS RELEASE: ALL MEDIA.
LAW SOCIETY OF GHANA (LSG) CALLS ON THE POLICE TO SWIFTLY INVESTIGATE THE MURDER OF LAWYER RICHARD BADOMBIE
Members of the LSG were thrown into shock, news that our beloved learned colleague, Lawyer Richard Badombie was shot and killed instantly on his way to his hometown at Jirapa in the Upper West Region of Ghana.
We continue to mourn our learned colleague painfully by this murder, which resembles a homicide in many respects; and granted that the victim a law-abiding citizen, an officer of the law and courts and we deem it crucial to call on the Inspector General of Police (IGP) to, as a matter of urgency, institute an expeditious investigation into his murder in a bid to bring the perpetrators to book very quickly.
This call is in place also because these gruesome and cold-blooded murders of mainly decent, renowned, and well-meaning citizens of Ghana have become too often, as crimes have remained unanswered, responsibilities reneged by the Police and hopes dashed.
The deceased is a respectable and active member of the of the Law Society of Ghana (LSG) and being an ex-police service person, it is imperative that the Police acts with speed in order to allay the fears of all lawyers and other citizens that we could be easily gunned down in broad daylight and be treated as business as usual.
The Law Society of Ghana shall express unwavering interest in the gruesome murder of their learned colleague until the perpetrators are arrested and prosecuted according to due process of law.
Accordingly, we wish to pledge our full support and any assistance that may be needed by the Police in their investigation. We shall be ready to offer our services in watching brief for any prosecution that may result.
We wish to respectfully request of the Police administration to provide a regular, perhaps, public briefing on the progress of the investigation. We have
the confidence that Ghana Police can rise to the occasion, and we pray this unbelievably cruelty is unraveled as soon as possible.
We commend the Police on the arrest of three (3) suspects to assist in further investigation.
We express our deepest condolences to the bereaved family and assure them of our unflinching support.
Atukwei Quaye Esq.
Chairman, Publicity & Planning Committee