The Committee of Inquiry into the unfortunate occurrence at Ejura has called for the immediate transfer of the District Police Commander of Ejura, DSP Philip Kojo Hammond.
They recommended based on the Commander’s incompetence in handling the Ejura situation and for the fact that his relationship with the community seems to have been damaged beyond repair.
The Committee has also 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.
Two people died following a clash between the youth of Ejura in the Ejura/Sekyedumase District of the Ashanti Region and security personnel who had been detailed there to maintain law and order.
Four other residents who sustained gunshot wounds were sent to the hospital for treatment.
The incident happened when the security personnel opened fire on the youth when the latter refused to retreat and were bent on demonstrating to demand justice for the murder of their compatriot, Ibrahim Mohammed, 45, also known as Macho Kaaka, who was attacked by unknown assailants in front of his house.
A three-member committee was set up after President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo gave the Interior Minister, Ambrose Dery, 10 days to provide a detailed report of the inquiry, which also led to the death and injury of some residents in Ejura.
The committee, made up of Justice George Kingsley Koomson as the Chairman; a security analyst, Dr. Vladimir Antwi-Danso, and the Executive Director of Penplusbytes, Juliet Adiema Amoah, presented its findings to the Interior Minister, Ambrose Dery on Tuesday, July 27, 2021.
The Committee took testimonies from about 20 witnesses including journalists, police, and military officers, as well as political appointees in the jurisdiction of the incident, and family members of some victims.
It completed its work on July 9, 2021, after holding public hearings for two weeks.
At the end of the inquiries, the report stated that, “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.”
It added that,”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.”
Ghana| Atinkaonline.com| Porcia Oforiwaa Ofori
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