A member of the national communication team for the New Patriotic Party, Kafui Amegah has urged Ghanaians not to discount the weapons of the protesters who hit the streets of Ejura Tuesday, demanding justice for a murdered resident.
Persons in police and military uniform were seen shooting into scores of protesters at Ejura in the Ashanti region Tuesday, 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 attack last Saturday.
Kaaka, 40, was a social media activist who took a keen interest in the development of the area and frequently spoke truth to power in the locality.
His family says they feared for his 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 in connection with the gruesome murder.
There have been reports that the security men shot sporadically into the crowd because they wielded weapons, leading to the bloody clash.
Reacting to the issue at the Public Account in Parliament Wednesday, the Inspector-General of Police (IGP), James Oppong-Boanuh explained that cops can use lethal force to control the crowd.
But contributing to the clash, Kafui Amegah seemed to have backed the police and military, saying “David used a stone to kill Goliath, so it’s immaterial the kind of weapons the protesters wielded.”
President Orders For Probe
President Nana Akufo-Addo has expressed worry at the death of Ibrahim Mohammed and the other two persons that were shot dead while protesting.
“The President is deeply saddened by the deaths of Ibrahim Mohammed, alias ‘Kaaka’, Abdul Nasir Yussif and Murtala Mohammed. He extends sincere condolences to the families of the deceased, and wishes the injured a speedy recovery,” a statement signed by the Acting Director of Communications Office of the President, Eugene Arhin said, barely 24 hours after the clash.
Akufo-Addo, through the statement, instructed the Interior Minister, Ambrose Dery, to conduct an immediate Public Inquiry into the circumstances that led to the deaths on June 29.