Rice farmer shot dead in Yorve, southern Tongu

Rice farmer shot dead in Yorve, southern Tongu

A Tongu farmer and rice producer in the South Tongu district of the Volta region was shot dead at his farm in Yorve, near Agordome.

Sina Peter, believed to be in his 40s and owner of the Sinagro Guest House in Sogakope, was pronounced dead on arrival at Sogakope District Hospital after being shot by unknown gunmen on Monday, May 20, around 7 pm.

Johnson Kobby Amedzo, assemblyman for Xikpo-Agbagorme electoral area and a friend of the deceased, revealed that Peter and his workers were harvesting rice when the incident occurred.

He said the deceased, who also owned a rice mill at Akakpokope near Dabala Junction, was shot after the assailants shot one of his workers, known as Kafui, while packing harvested rice into a vehicle.

“The deceased, after hearing gunshots and trying to verify who was shot during the act, met his premature death when he was also shot,” he said.

Amedzo said Kafui was later transferred to Ho Teaching Hospital where he is currently receiving medical attention and that the families of the deceased were in contact with the Sogakope police to obtain more information about the tragic incident.

He appealed to members of the public to voluntarily provide information leading to the arrest of the perpetrators.

Sources suspect that a land dispute between the deceased and other people may have triggered the action.

However, when Sogakope police were contacted, they remained tight-lipped about the incident, only stating that investigations were ongoing.

The deceased, also former Marketing Manager of Arroz Brasil, was married and had four children; one boy and three girls.

The body has since been sent to the Sogakope District Mortuary awaiting autopsy.

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