The Member of Parliament for Effutu constituency, Alexander Afenyo-Markin has called on the police to thoroughly investigate the death of Ghanaian journalist Bismark Bebli, who died in a freak accident on the Kasoa highway. According to the Member of Parliament, the police must make public its findings on the matter, to assure the public of its commitment to protecting lives irrespective of one’s social status.
“..bringing to a fair conclusion about what really happened. We need the truth to put the family at ease and to also give assurances that no matter who is involved, the police will rise up to the occasion. It is a sad occasion, my deepest condolences to the bereaved,” the legislator said. Bismark Bebli was until his death, the editor of the General Telegraph newspaper.
He died on his birthday, January 13, 2017 when a vehicle ran over him and a police officer who had stopped him to interrogate him on the highway. The police had been blamed for his death after some eyewitnesses alleged that officers from a nearby police post rushed their injured colleague to the hospital after the incident, leaving the severely injured Mr. Bebli behind, to his fate.
He was pronounced dead at the Kasoa Polyclinic where he was rushed to by some good samaritans after a referral from Justab Hospital at Kasoa. The sketchy detail surrounding Mr. Bebli’s death has aroused calls by some journalists for a thorough police investigation to ascertain the truth about what actually happened.
His wife, Matilda recently petitioned the Inspector General of Police (IGP), demanding the truth from the police on circumstances that led to her husband’s death. She said, “I want the IGP to come out with something good, but they are not doing anything about it so that is why I have petitioned the IGP because he has left behind triplets for me to take care of and I don’t know how to take care of these children.”
Bismark Bebli was laid to rest on Saturday, March 12 at his hometown, Whuti in the Volta Region. Dignitaries present at the final funeral rites included the Member of Parliament North Tongu constituency, Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa; aid to former president John Mahama, Joyce Bawa Mogtari; MP for Effutu constituency, Alexander Afenyo-Markin; a delegation of Ghanaian journalists led by GJA president, Affail Monney and a host of others.