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Kwesi Aning demands explanations for military deployment to Ejura

Security analyst, Professor Kwesi Aning is questioning the processes and mechanisms used for the deployment of military and police officers to quell disturbances at Ejura in the Ashanti Region last Tuesday.

He said what appears to be the usage of lethal force by security agencies in dealing with protesters is becoming one too many and must be thoroughly checked.

“The Ejura issue is just symptomatic of a broader problem with the use of law enforcement, gun usage, command, and control”, Prof. Aning noted on Eyewitness News. 

Two persons died from gunshot wounds while protesting to demand justice for the killing of a social activist, Ibrahim Mohammed at Ejura.

Videos capturing the events show military officers deployed to the scene shooting directly into the crowd. Four persons also sustained injuries from the shooting incident.

This deployment, Prof. Aning, who is also the Director, Faculty of Academic Affairs & Research, Kofi Annan International Peacekeeping Training Centre, believes must be investigated because it was an extreme course of action.

“I am more interested in the processes and mechanisms and decision-making, how the assessments were done in terms of threats and response leading to the military appearance followed by the police at the scene. They see an enemy, and they want to feed on that enemy in dealing with the crisis”, he said.

Touching on the President’s directive for a public inquiry, Prof. Aning said the probe into the incident, should have relevant bodies for a better outcome and assessment.

“So this probe or inquiry that is going to be established must not only have government people. I think it must have a broad stakeholder group who will bring the expertise of solving or ever-changing challenges that we are facing. I hope that the terms of reference of this inquiry will be broad enough to capture the multiple dynamics that we are experiencing. It is very easy to be dismissive of the military and what they did,” he emphasized.

 

In a statement signed by the Director of Communications at the Presidency, Eugene Arhin on Wednesday, June 30, 2021,  the President asked the Minister for the Interior, Ambrose Dery, to within 10 days provide a detailed report from the Inquiry, with recommendations for appropriate action following the circumstances that led to the unfortunate occurrences of Tuesday, 29th June 2021.”

However, the Minority believes the President must accept full responsibility for “reducing this country into a police state.”

The caucus says it will only accept a full-scale probe under the auspices of a Commission of Inquiry within the framework of Article 278 of the 1992 Constitution.

“The President’s instruction is for a ministerial inquiry- we reject it. That is not good enough. We want a commission of inquiry within the meaning of Article 278 of the constitution. The President must appoint a sole commissioner or two or more persons to support a commissioner, just like the Ayawaso West Wugoun by-election violence commission of inquiry”, Minority Leader, Haruna Iddrisu demanded.

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