The Minister for Interior, Ambrose Dery, is expected to unveil the committee to work on the public inquiry into the Ejura shootings that led to two deaths last Tuesday, today.
This was revealed by Information Minister, Kojo Oppong Nkrumah, who hinted the committee will have three members.
“We [government] said an inquiry, and we 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,” the MP for Ofoase Ayirebi said on Citi TV last night.
The committee has ten days to probe the bloody clash submit its report, according to a statement from the Presidency.
“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.
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.
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.
“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.
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.
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 an evidence that show 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|Myxyzonline.com|Ghana