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Abuse of power under Akufo Addo unbearable – NDC’s Madilo slams over Ejura shootings

A member of spokespersons for the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC), Wonder Madilo has described the Ejura shooting incident as an abuse of incumbency on the part of the Akufo-Addo government.

The youth activist who was speaking on the sidelines of the shooting that led to two deaths on the Morning Update on TV XYZ indicated the government was not doing enough to curb insecurity in the country.

“The abuse of power in this country is becoming too much. The Peace Council has become a rubber stamp since Nana Addo took over. They should have moved to Ejura to engage the society. The role of the police is to protect lives and property; anything different is a failure,” he told host Eric Ahianyo.

He bashed the leadership of the joint task force for their consistent use of brute force to intimidate and harass the citizenry when exercising their right to demonstrate and seek that things are done right for the good people of Ghana.

According to him, the military shooting demonstrators who are seeking Justice for their deceased colleague after his burial was a retrogressive move to Ghana’s democracy.

“Someone has died gruesomely, and the way Islam celebrate their departed looks different with the use of motorbikes. How does burying the death equate to shooting and killing two people and injuring four?” Madilo quizzed.

“We know the police has the leverage when it comes to the use of force. There was a public commission of enquiry [into the Ayawaso West Wuogon bye-elections violence but] the President wrote off the perpetrators through a white paper,”

“Those who were engaged in the Ayawaso incident were re-appointed. The president takes delight in whitewashing his government,” he added.

Although he wished the government found punitive ways to ensure sanity in the country before things get of hand, Madilo hastened that he did not trust the president to bring sanity to the country.

Background

Personnel in police and military uniform were seen shooting into scores of protesters at Ejura in the Ashanti region Monday, injuring at least 6 people.

The demonstrators were marching to seek justice for the family of Ibrahim Mohammed (Kaaka), a social activist who died after a mob attacked him last Saturday.

Kaaka, 40, was a social media activist who took a keen interest in the development of the area.

His family says they feared for Kaaka’s life after he was allegedly threatened by a bodyguard of the MCE for the area, Salisu Bamba.

Ibrahim Kaaka

Kaaka, a member of the #FixTheCountry online protesters always projected the problems of Ejura, leading to the threats.

The police say the matter is being investigated as 2 suspects have been nabbed.

Pressure on Government

Pressure is mounting on President Akufo-Addo, the minister for the Interior, Ambrose Dery, and the Inspector-General of Police (IGP), James Oppong Boanuh to prove Ghanaians wrong and seek justice for the families of the victims.

A section of Ghanaians believes the situation keeps recurring because investigations into similar matters in the past, especially the Ayawaso West Wuogon bye-elections, have not enforced sanctions.

It is, for this reason, a renowned security analyst, Prof. Kwesi Aning, has suggested that the yet-to-be constituted team tasked to conduct a public enquiry into the disturbances at Ejura should include relevant bodies for a better outcome and assessment.

“This probe or enquiry that is going to be established must not only have government people. I think it must have a broad stakeholder group who will bring the expertise of solving the ever-changing challenges that we are facing,” he said in an interview with Citi FM.

Prof. Kwesi Aning is Director of Faculty of Academic Affairs and Research at the Kofi Annan International Peacekeeping Training Centre.

“I hope that the terms of reference of this enquiry will be broad enough to capture the multiple dynamics that we are experiencing,” he added.

He also questioned the processes and mechanisms used for the deployment of military and police officers to quell the disturbances at Ejura.

Prof. Aning said what appears to be the usage of lethal force by security agencies in dealing with protesters is becoming one too many and must be thoroughly checked.

“The Ejura issue is just symptomatic of a broader problem with the use of law enforcement, gun usage, command, and control”, Prof. Aning noted on Eyewitness Newson Wednesday.

A private legal practitioner and politician, Godwin Edudzi Tamakloe agree with Prof Aning’s assertions, calling for the Ghana Police Service and the Ghana Armed Forces to furnish Ghanaians with evidence that shows the protesting crowd posed danger to the security men.

Speaking on Dwaboase on Power FM Thursday on the back of the silence of the Ghana Armed Forces, Edudzi Tamakloe condemned the gory incident and asked for the administration of the Police and Military to thoroughly investigate the matter.

“The police and military must show Ghanaians evidence that the protesters were armed for which reason the security opened fire on them,” the lawyer told host Kwame Minkah.

He continued, “the security are not trained to do so. We are told one person was shit from the back. That shows he was running away.”

“Why shoot someone who is running away from the police?” He quizzed and urged the families of the victims to sue the security services that were involved for “civil liability”.

 

By Henryson Okrah and Odoom Lawrence|Myxyzonline.com|Ghana

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