Government, on Monday, made public the findings and recommendations of the three-member committee set up to look into the clash between Military personnel and some irate youth of Ejura in the Ashanti Region, a couple of months ago.
It may be recalled that on Tuesday, June 29, 2021, irate youth of Ejura Sekyedumase went on demonstration to protest the murder of Ibrahim Mohammed, popularly known as 'Kaaka'.
This protest resulted in a clash between the youth and the security personnel leading to the death of two persons and several injured.
Subsequently, at the instruction of President Akufo-Addo, the Minister of Interior formed a three-member Committee to probe circumstances that led to the clash as well as shooting by the security personnel.
The Committee was chaired by Justice George Kingsley Koomson, an Appeal Court Judge and other members of the Committee were Dr Vladimir Antwi-Danso, a Security Expert, and Ms Juliet A. Amoah, Executive Director of Penplusbytes and Ms Marie Louise Simmonds, Principal State Attorney as the Secretary to the Committee.
The terms of reference of the Committee were to conduct a Public Inquiry into the circumstances that led to the unfortunate occurrences, at Ejura in the Ashanti Region, on Tuesday, 29th June 2021, inquire into any matter which the Committee considers incidental or reasonably related to the cause of the events and the associated deaths and injuries and submit a detailed report with recommendations for appropriate actions.
In its 55page report, the Committee recommended that the families of the deceased as well as other injured persons be compensated.
Read the full recommendation below
1. The Committee recommends adequate Compensation for the families of the two deceased persons, namely, Abdul Nasir Yusif and Murtala Suraj Mohammed. Adequate compensation must also be paid to other injured persons, namely; Louis Ayikpa (20 years), Awal Misbau (16 years) and Nasif Nuhu (30 years). These are the names known to the Committee.
2. The Committee recommends the immediate transfer of the District Police Commander of Ejura, DSP Philip Kojo Hammond, first for his incompetence in handing the situation and for the fact that, his relationship with the community seems to have been damaged beyond repair.
3. We further recommend the structural expansion of the Ejura Police Station and an increase in personnel.
4. We recommend the removal of the Ejura-Sekyedumase Municipal Chief Executive, Honourable Mohammed Salisu Bamba, since his continuous presence as MCE would exacerbate the already tense security situation in Ejura.
5. It is further recommended that, the Military Establishment review the actions of the Section on the ground, led by Lieutenant Martin Opoku Adusei, for the inappropriate use of force, and apply appropriate sanctions.
6. We further recommend the training of REGSEC, MUSEC and DISEC officials in the Ashanti Region in Conflict and Crises Management at the Ghana Armed Forces Command and Staff College at least once every year.
7. We recommend the development of a joint Standard Operative Procedure (SOP) for Military/Police operations, including roles for indispensable allied agencies like the National Investigations Bureau, NADMO, Ghana National Fire Service, National Ambulance Service, etc.
8. We further recommend that the NCCE should intensify its Public education in relation to the rights, obligations and civic responsibilities of the people of Ejura.
9. It is further recommended that all crowd/riot/crises control units be made to wear bodycams and all vehicles and mobile gadgets employed must also have cameras.
10. We recommend the establishment of a Sports and other Recreational Facilities in Ejura under the Zongo Development Fund, so as to re-channel the energies of the youth.
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