Zongo Youth loses life to election violence in Ablekuma Central
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Accra – Ibrahim Abbas, an observer of the December 7 election died on Wednesday at the Korle Bu Teaching Hospital after sustaining gunshot wounds.

An ex-police officer and the younger brother of the Constituency Women Organiser of the National Democratic Congress (NDC), Hajia Rahina Abass was shot at the Odorkor Police Quarters Collation Centre of the Ablekuma Central constituency.

He was declared dead after undergoing two surgical procedures at the hospital due to the fatal nature of the wound sustained in the stomach area.

According to media reports, the deceased was shot by a man clad in military uniform over a scuffle at the centre and was rushed to the Cocoa Clinic where he was transferred to the Korle Bu Teaching Hospital for better treatment.

The deceased who hails from Town Council Line in the Ablekuma Central constituency of the Greater Accra region has left behind a widow after barely a month of marriage.

His body has since been released from the morgue of the police hospital to relatives for burial at the Awudome Cemetery.

A close friend who spoke on anonymity relayed to the Ghanaian Muslim that Mr Abass decided to join his friends to witness the collation of votes at the Odorkor Police Quarters collation centre after the counting of polls had ended at the Town Council Line Park.

“So, they policed the ballot boxes to the collation centre and that was where the incident happened,” he said.

Since then, an image of a military officer alleged to have been involved in the shooting has been circulated on social media by some prominent members of the NDC.

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The Presidential Candidate of the National Democratic Congress (NDC), John Mahama, during a press briefing on December 10, 2020, highlighted the devastating effect of election violence on Muslims and Zongo communities as he mentioned names of dead victims of a scuffle in the Techiman South constituency.

The Muslim names mentioned included Abdallah Ayarik,18; Tajudeen Alhassan, 38; and a third person whose name was not captured during the press briefing.

In a related incident, Sarki Latif, a resident of Kasoa Newtown, Nyayano was also reported to have been one of two persons shot in the Awutu Senya East Constituency on the day of voting.

Mr Latif has since been receiving treatment at the 37 Military Hospital.

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