Stop Killing Us-MP calls for Parliamentary Investigation into Police Shootings
The Member of Parliament for the Atwima Kwanwoma Constituency of the Ashanti Region, Hon. Kojo Appiah Kubi, has warned the Ghana Police Service to stop killing innocent citizens who are unarmed and pose no threat to them, demanding professionalism from them in line with the rules of their engagements.
He made the call on the Floor of the House on Wednesday in a statement relating to the shooting incidence that happened in his Constituency on the 7th of February, 2018, which claimed two (2) lives with others sustaining serious injuries.
Giving accounts of the incidence, the Honourable Member indicated that, on the fateful Wednesday 7th February, 2018, a small group of young people from Foase in the Atwima Kwanwoma district went to the District Assembly to protest and seek explanation to their eviction by the Assembly, from the supposed Assembly’s plot of land, since they had not been given prior notice.
According to him, in the ensuing confusion, the Police was called in to maintain order, but another contingent, allegedly from the Buffalo Unit of the Ashanti Regional Police Force then emerged to allegedly beef up the numbers, and this resulted in the mayhem.
According to the law maker, per an eye many corroborated witness report, several gun shots were fired by the Police at close range few minutes after the convergence of the young people at the Assembly, resulting in the death of three (2) people with more than thirty (30) people sustaining serious injuries still undergoing serious medical care several days afterwards.
He said, the act of the Police to rain bullets on unarmed unsuspecting young people who had gathered to seek explanations to acts being meted to them, an act which is within their rights is not only condemnable, but also unacceptable.
He added that, this and many more of these unprofessional actions of the Police do not ensure public confidence in the Service, and this is a serious problem to the nation.
Indicating that, per the professional training of the Police, they should have been able to control the small unarmed young men without the use of live ammunitions and harmful accoutrements.
He therefore in accordingly sought Parliament to as a matter of urgency, institute full scale investigation into the conduct of the Police, prefer stiffer sanctions to anyone found culpable of having abused the rights of the young people, offer state financial support of those recuperating from the incidence, offer compensation to the bereaved families of those who lost their lives in the process and prefer other measures that would go a long way to improve the professional experience of the Police.
Story: Frederick E. Aggrey