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General News of Tuesday, 15 October 2019


Kweku Baako blasts Ghana Police over attack on students

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Editor-In-Chief of the New Crusading Guide Newspaper, Abdul Malik Kweku Baako, is of the view that the behavior of the police towards demonstrating law students last Monday was unacceptable.

According to him, the students went through due processes and procedures before embarking on the demonstration, hence the police should have gone to court or followed due process if there was any misunderstanding.

“The demonstrators or the organisers I’m sure went through the procedures laid down by the public order act. If you do so and in the cause of the demonstration you do something contrary to what the content of that law says, there are prescriptions to cure the mischief, the police definitely need to know there are laws.

“The little I saw on television was unacceptable, assuming without admitting that they were doing something that bothered on vandalism I am still not sure the police reaction was appropriate,” he said.

He added that the police was upfront unprofessional and must be checked before it repeats itself.

“An institution like the police is expected to be more professional in handling this thing, maybe we must go back to the police to find out how they are trained. We should go back and check up on these things to know what informs their behavior, to be honest, I’m not prepared to rationalise the behavior of the police, I feel they misbehaved.”

Mr Baako emphasised on the need for the Inspector General of Police (IGP) to speak on the matter.

“I was asking myself what the IGP has done in relation to this problem. We need to hear something from the police authority relative to those who were in charge of that demonstration, I mean those who were out there to protect the demonstrators,” he said.

The police last Monday ‘brutalised’ demonstrating students and arrested a number of them when they insisted on presenting their petition for a review of admission requirements and examinations management by the Ghana Law School to President Nana Akufo-Addo at the Jubilee House.

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