Mepe-Dadome Resident Shot Dead At Mafi-Zoetikpo, amidst tension and confusion

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A 26-year-old citizen of Dadome, the farming and fishing community within the Mepe Traditional Area of the North Tongu District in the Volta Region, Master Benjamin Kaledzi was on Friday May 15, 2020 gruesomely shot dead at Zoetikpo in Mafi Traditional Area of the Central Tongu District.

Mr Benjamin Kaledzi was reported to have been shot dead by assailants led by one Victor at Zoetikpo township located at unused mud building structure, but his attackers subsequently dragged him to the outskirt of Zoetikpo and dumped him into the bush.

This heartbreaking incident, the sources told told has occurred in Friday night around 10:30 AM when the victim was invited by his close friend, one Etse to eat indomie food.

The untimely death of Benjamin Kaledzi, learnt has amidst tension and confusion between the people of Mepe-Dadome and Mafi-Zoetikpo.

The misunderstanding arose when the elders and opinion leaders of Mafi-Zoetikpo led by their chief, Togbe Dodoe had tried to allegedly ‘kill or cover-up’ the gruesome murder of Benjamin Kaledzi whose biological mother, Madam Dodzi Dodoe popularly known as Afenorvinane comes from Mafi-Zoetikpo.

The Victor-led gangs numbering about three, according to information available to reportedly stormed where the victim and Etse were eating the indomie food at the Zoetikpo township that fateful Friday wielding guns amidst sporadic shooting.

The shooting incident of the gangs who claims to be the Mafi-Zoetikpo Watchdog Community scared residents of Mafi-Zoetikpo and onlookers.

Benjamin Kaledzi sustained gunshot wounds in his back of his body in the attack and that the sources noted that the initial report they had seen showed that “it was contract killing.”

Interestingly, the ring leader of the Benjamin Kaledzi’s attackers,Mr Victor himself on Saturday May 16, 2020 reported himself to Aveyime Police District Comand and confirmed to the police that he led the thugs to kill Benjamin Kaledzi without explaining the reasons why they killed Benjamin.

The mortal remains of Mr Benjamin Kaledzi have been deposited at the Battgor Roman Catholic Hospital Morgue.

Narrating the ordeal in an interview with on Monday May 18 2020, the Grand-father of Benjamin Kaledzi, Mr Awuku Kaledzi indicated that the deceased whose late father, Kofi Domernyo Basseh came from Mepe Dadome when he comes from the mining site he usually went to stay with her mother at Mafi-Zoetikpo since his father is dead.

In the fateful Friday, Mr Kaledzi stated that the victim’s wife who is currently pregnant came from Mafi Dugame to visit him at Mafi-Zoetikpo and whilst they were on the bed, Mr Etse, who is the bosom friend of the victim came to informed him that he (Etse) is going to buy indomie from Mafi-Dugame.

According to Mr Kaledzi, the victim told Etse that when he brought the indomie food from Mafi-Dugame, he should come to call him so that he also eats the indomie together with him (Etse).

“However whilst Benjamin Kaledzi is on the bed with his wife, Etse brought the indomie from Mafi-Dugame around 10 AM that Friday and invited the Benjamin Kaledzi to come to eat the indomie food together with him.

“Suddenly they said they over heard gun warning shots at the three times and before they realised some gangs who claim to be the Mafi-Zoetikpo Watchdog Community stormed where they (victim and Etse) were eating the food. So they said the scatter arose between the victim and Etse when they started running away to safe their lives. But luck however unluded was the victim who in attempt to run to seek refuse in his room was shot dead by the gangs.

“And not timely intervention of Etse to escape through the window he also should have been shot to death by the Victor led gangs,” Mr Kaledzi clarified.

What is very annoying, according to Mr Kaledzi was that although the ring leader Victor himself has confirmed glaring in the face of police at Aveyime Police District Comand that he shot Benjamin Kaledzi but the elders from Mafi-Zoetikpo numbering about seven who came to the state on Monday May 18 2020 had strongly pushed for the police to grand bail to Victor and subsequently discharged the case from the police custody and settle at home.

“Even the Mafi-Zoetikpo Chief, Togbe Dodoe himself is absolutely behind the move to kill or cover up the murder case of Benjamin Kaledzi and also wants the case to be buried under carpet. Infact the chief wants this case to be killed completely,” he reaffirmed.

In a addition, Mr Kaledzi stated that the Commender in charge of Aveyime Police District Comand in his wisdom has made it clear to the elders from Mafi-Zoetikpo that the murder case cannot be settled at home and that his outfit will arraigned Victor before court on Tuesday May,19 2020.

In this regard, the police commander subsequently urged residents of Mepe-Dadome and Mafi-Zoetikpo to exercise restraint and volunteer information to aid investigators probing the incident, so that the police could bring the perpetrators to book.

Meanwhile, the residents in both North and Central Tongu Districts in the Volta Region are generally suspecting contract killing in the murder of Benjamin Kaledzi.

They recalled the reported case of the gruesome murder of the Assembly Member for the Sogakope South Electoral area Mr Marcus Mawutor Adzahli, almost the three months ago but for the police are investigating the case.

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