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General News of Wednesday, 30 June 2021


Ejura shooting: NPP vigilante boys enrolled in army, police causing mayhem – Minority

Minority Leader and Member of Parliament, Tamale South constituency, Haruna Iddrisu Minority Leader and Member of Parliament, Tamale South constituency, Haruna Iddrisu

The Minority Leader in Parliament, Haruna Iddrisu, has blamed the disturbances and killings in Ejura in the Ashanti Region on vigilante boys who he said belong to the governing New Patriotic Party (NPP) enrolled into the various security agencies.

He said these persons have not trained properly hence their unprofessionalism when they are sent out to provide security.

His comment follows the gruesome murder of Macho Kaaka in Ejura over the weekend.

There was also a violent clash among the military officers and the youth of the area who were demonstrating in that town on Tuesday, June 29 following the murder.

This led to the death of two persons with four sustaining various degrees of injury.

Haruna Iddrisu told journalists in Parliament on Wednesday, June 30 that “When it happened in Techiman when innocent citizens were maimed and killed for purposes of wanting to turn an electoral decision and to overturn the sovereign decision, many of you didn’t appreciate it as an act and conduct of overzealousness by men in uniform.

“We have repeatedly cautioned that many who are now being recruited into the security agencies are not trained enough and are not trained adequately. Persons who ordinarily should be trained for nine months are being trained for three months and are asked to be on the field as weapon-trigger happy persons.

“More significantly is the worrying absorption into the security agencies in particular the Police and the Ghana Armed Forces of NPP apparatchiks vigilantes.

“They are not professionals, they can never be professionals. You know their modus operandi as they chase even NPP Ministers out. We are not surprised.”

He further asked President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo to take responsibility for the disturbances.

In his view, the President has reduced the country to a lawless state where there is no regard for life and property.

President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has instructed the Minister for the Interior, Ambrose Dery, to conduct, forthwith, a Public Inquiry into the circumstances that led to the unfortunate occurrences of Tuesday, 29th June 2021.

The Interior Minister is to provide a detailed report from the Inquiry, with recommendations for appropriate action, within ten days, by 9th July 2021, to President Akufo-Addo.

“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 issued by Director of Communications at the President Eugene Arhin said on Wednesday.

But Haruna Iddrisu who is a lawmaker for Tamale South said “Understandably, we have heard President Nana Addo Danlwa Akufo-Addo instruct the Minister for the Interior for a Commission of Inquiry into this matter.

“The President must accept full responsibility for reducing this country into a police state. No respect for fundamental human rights and freedoms, no respect for the dignity of man, no respect for the liberty of the Ghanaian citizens, and no respect for the constitutionally guaranteed rights to live.”