Residents of Kwahu Apradang in Ghana’s Eastern region stopped a Chinese man from being lynched after he allegedly shot an eight-year-old boy.
On Wednesday, Jan. 12, the boy, Kwasi Mireku, was apparently playing with his buddies when the event occurred.
“Soldier” is the sole name given to the suspect.
Sarah Pedikan, the victim’s mother, told Adom News that she was working in her backyard when she heard the gunshot and requested the children to leave.
Soon after, some of Kwasi’s buddies rushed to inform him that he had been shot.
“I asked my son what happened, and he told me he was going to pick water from the room, but when I confronted the Chinese, he said my son was rather going to his room,” she narrated.
However, angry residents believe he did it on purpose, adding this is not the first time Chinese nationals in the area have allegedly attacked locals.
The timely intervention of the Nkwakaw Divisional Police Command saved the suspect from being lynched as locals besieged his house amid threats to set it on fire.
Locals have threatened reprisal attacks should such an incident happen again.
The Divisional Commander ACP Kofi Adu has urged residents to remain calm as they begin investigation into the matter.
Kwasi, who is also in a critical condition, is currently undergoing treatment at the Nkawkaw Government Hospital.