The family of the Kwabenya Police Officer who was gunned down by armed robbers, late Chief Emmanuel Ashilevi has expressed their profound gratitude to government over the compensation package given them.
The Vice President announced a compensation package of GHc15, 000 to the family during his burial ceremony on Saturday March 3, 2018.
Speaking on Frontline today [Monday], the brother of the late Inspector, William Amoako said, it was a shock to them because they did not expect that from the government and so they are very grateful for the effort made by the government.
He added that, even though the compensation package may not bring back their brother, they agre grateful for the effort made by government.
He also commended Ghanaians and the media for the support during the loss of their beloved father, son and relative.
Announcing the reviewed compensation arrangement at the funeral of then-Chief Inspector, now Assistant Superintendent of Police Emmanuel Kweku Ashilevi, who was killed when armed men stormed the Kwabenya Police station some weeks ago, the Vice President of the Republic, Dr Mahamudu Bawumia, said government was committed to improving and sustaining the general welfare of the officers and men of the Ghana Police Service.
The wife and children of the late Emmanuel Ashilevi, who has been posthumously promoted to the rank of Assistant Superintendent of Police, are set to receive a total of Ghs 185,374.85 (one hundred and eighty five thousand, three hundred and seventy four cedis and eighty five pesewas), equivalent to more than Ghc1.8 billion old cedis, Dr Bawumia announced.
In the past, the average amount paid was Ghs500 (five hundred cedis).
Government has also directed the release of funds to pay the enhanced compensation to 122 other personnel who either got injured or lost their lives in the period under review and have not received their compensation packages. The payments are expected to be completed by the end of March, 2018.
Then-Inspector Ashilevi was shot when a gang stormed the Kwabenya District Police headquarters in the early hours of Sunday January 21, 2018 to free suspected armed robbers who were in custody.