The nine-year-old boy, Michael Darko who has shot dead during a festival ritual at Awutu Bereku in the Central Region on Monday, died on his birthday, family reveals.
The family of Michael Darko, the deceased, said he became 9 years of age on Monday, 30th August 2021.
However, he was shot in the morning by way of traditional authorities who have been performing rituals to purify the community ahead of the Awutu Awubia festival which is celebrated annually.
The mother of the late Michael Darko, Hannah Aidoo, revealed all was set for the boy’s birthday scheduled for the evening.
She added that “We had ordered the cake and he didn’t even get the opportunity to put on his birthday shoes, neck beads, and clothes which are still in his bags”.
According to a man, who only gave his title as Joe, said that the people have been supposed to be shooting into the sky but that wasn’t the case.
Mr. Joe said he was, therefore, amazed at how they ended up shooting the victim who he said was his mother’s only child.
The District Chief Executive for Awutu Senya West, Stephen Kwame Quaye, stated the District Security Council will meet with the Traditional Council and ban the usage of the stay bullet in the course of festivals or any traditional program.
The District Police Command of Awutu Bereku has since arrested the suspect in connection with the shooting incident and police commenced investigations into the matter.