Mfantseman MP widow leaves police service to contest parliamentary election

Ophelia Hayford

Ophelia Hayford, Wife of Member of Parliament for Mfantseman Constituency, who was shot dead by unknown assailants is set to contest the 2020 parliamentary elections on the ticket of the New Patriotic Party (NPP).

The pronouncement was made by the Central Regional Secretary for the NPP, Mr Takyi Mensah,  who said the development was a national executive committee decision.

The Member of Parliament for Mfantseman Constituency, Ekow Quansah Hayford, was shot dead by unknown assailants on Monday 9th October 2020.

Ekow Quansah Hayford was shot by suspected contract killers when he was returning from a campaign rally at Nkusukum Mankessim on the Abeadze Duadze road on Friday at 1 am.

An eyewitness, who was with the MP as at the time of the incident, said they were returning from a campaign rally when they sighted a truck which was stuck in a middle of the road.

He added that they only noticed the truck was that of armed robbers when they had gotten closer to the truck.


The Ministry of Interior has directed the Inspector General of Police(IGP) to immediately deploy 200 armed police personnel to serve as bodyguards to MPs.

The move follows incessant demands by the legislature for police protection in the wake of the murder of Mfantsiman MP Ekow Quansah Hayford.

Addressing the media following a committee of the whole sitting, Interior minister Ambrose Dery argued further deployments will be done to ensure safety of MPs even in their homes. The Nandom MP however dispelled arguments the move will mean MPs are being given special treatment from the general populace.

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