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Appeals Court Judge chairs investigations into Ejura killings

The government has named a 3-member Committee of Inquiry which to conduct investigations into the circumstances that led to the Ejura killings on June 29.

The 3-member committee includes Justice George Kingsley Koomson, a justice of the Court of Appeal, Security Expert, Vladmir Antwi-Danso, and the Executive Director of Penplusbyte, Miss Juliet A. Amoah.

The committee has ten days to probe the bloody clash and submit its report, according to a statement from the Presidency on Wednesday.

“The President of the Republic, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, has instructed the Minister for the Interior, Hon. Ambrose Dery, MP, to conduct, forthwith, a Public Inquiry into the circumstances that led to the unfortunate occurrences of Tuesday, 29th June 2021″ a statement signed by the Communications Director at the Presidency, Eugene Arhin.

“The Interior Minister is to provide a detailed report from the Inquiry, with recommendations for appropriate action, within ten days,” the statement added.

Minister for Information, Kojo Oppong Nkrumah has described the Committee in an interview with Citi FM as credible.

“We [the government] described it as a credible one, to take place about the reported crowd riot and the riot control measures that were employed by the police and later the police and the military in Ejura,” he said.

Background

Personnel in police and military uniform were seen shooting into scores of protesters at Ejura in the Ashanti region Monday, killing 2 and 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.

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 inquiry into the disturbances at Ejura should include relevant bodies for a better outcome and assessment.

“This probe or inquiry 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.

“I hope that the terms of reference of this inquiry 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.

Mr. 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.

 

By Henryson Okrah|Myxyzonline.com|Ghana

 

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