Ashanti Regional Minister Simon Osei-Mensah has said he ordered the army to beef up security in Ejura Sekyeredumase following the lynching of social media activist Ibrahim Kaaka Mohammed because he had intelligence that the youth in the area intended to burn down the police station together with some two suspects who were being held in custody for the murder of Kaaka.
“There are several questions that: who really ordered the soldiers to go there? I ordered them to go there. I requested the military to offer us support, as head of the Regional Security Council.
“I got intelligence that they [youth] said after the burial of Kaaka, they will move and burn the police station and burn to death two persons who the police are keeping in custody in connection with the death of Kaaka. So, I realised that wouldn’t help, and truly they were going to do that,” he told Accra-based Kasapa FM on Friday, 2 June 2021.
Meanwhile, a former Minister of National Security, Mr. Kofi Totobi Quakyi, has said the recent disturbances in Ejura, which resulted in the death of three people – one, by mob justice and the two others, by the bullets of soldiers – prove that the Akufo-Addo government is always resorting to violence.
Soldiers shot into a crowd of protestors, who, on 29 June 2021, were demanding justice for Kaaka.
Apart from the deaths, several of the marchers got injured.
“These crimes highlight, yet again, the increasing reliance on violence and brute force as a first resort on the part of this administration, as if we have learnt nothing from aspects of our past, we would rather not see repeated”, Mr. Totobi Quakyi said in a write-up.
“Unfortunately”, he noted, “the latest violence is abetted by the same toxic combination of political intolerance, pervasive impunity, and fundamental dishonesty that was responsible for the maiming at Ayawaso West Wuogon and the killings at Techiman South”.
He said: “The lynching of Ibrahim ‘Kaaka’ Mohammed, and the use of live ammunition on protesters demanding justice for his death, are but the latest examples of the notable escalation in political thuggery”.
Read Mr. Totobi Quakyi’s full statement below: