The stabbing to death of the Abuakwa North legislator, Joseph Boakye Danquah Adu, on Tuesday
, has traumatised many, including school children, who are likely to shun lessons and mourn their benefactor.
The First Vice-Chairman of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) in the Eastern Region, Alhaji Umar Bodinga, expressing shock at the tragic incident, made the observation in an interview with the Ghana News Agency.
“Today is not a public holiday, but I can tell you that many children, from primary to senior high schools, will be on holiday; this is because he funds many of these children’s education, sometimes from his own pocket,” he said.
“This is a man who doesn’t discriminate…, if you are building a mosque or church and you tell him, he will donate GH¢2,000 plus, not less than that,” he said of him.
The MP, popularly known as JB, was reportedly killed by an unknown assailant at his Shiashi residence, in Accra.
The police have launched an investigation into the homicide and promised a thorough probe to bring the assailant to book, having cordoned off the area and collected pieces of evidence, including a ladder, which the attacker is believed to have used to scale a wall to flee.
Assistant Superintendent of Police, Mrs Effia Tenge told the media that five persons had been picked up to assist in their investigations, though she did not give details of their identities.
However, sources say a private security guard at the departed MP’s residence, who was said to be on duty when the incident happened, was among those picked up.
The late Boakye Danquah Adu was a chartered accountant before he became a public officer.
He served under former President John Agyekum Kufuor’s administration as a Deputy Minister for Women and Children’s Affairs.
The legislator, who would have turned 51 in July, left behind a wife and two children.