President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo directed the Interior Minister, Ambrose Dery to set up a committee to look into a shooting incident that occurred in Ejura on June 28, 2021.
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The committee was subsequently chaired by Justice George Kingsley Koomson together with Dr Vladimir Antwi Danso and Juliet Amoah as members, and Marie Louis Simmons, a Principal State Attorney, was the secretary to the committee that probed persons of interest in the case.
Twenty-two people took turns to share their testaments in the unfortunate incident.
Here are some recommendations from the report submitted to the Interior minister after weeks of investigation.
1. Sacking of the MCE
The committee recommended that the Municipal Chief Executive, MCE, Mohammed Salisu Bamba of the Ejura-Sekyedumase Assembly should be sacked from his position
2. Transfer of DSP Hammond
The committee requested for the transfer of the District Police Commander for Ejura-Sekyedumase, DSP Philip Hammond to a different station.
3. Battalion Commander to be sanctioned
Per the recommendations of the committee that probed the shooting and killing incident in Ejura, the Battalion commander for the soldiers who were on the ground that day is to be sanctioned.
Per the committee’s recommendations, the families of the deceased and the injured are to be compensated largely for their loss and their grievances.
5. Upgrade of Ejura police
The committee also recommended that the Ejura police is upgraded in terms of infrastructure. It also suggested the expansion of the police force in Ejura to prevent such incidents from happening.
6. Community intervention
The Committee also recommended the creation of community centres under the Zongo Development Fund, in a bid to help the community
What led to the shooting in Ejura?
Irate youth of Ejura took to the streets to protest the death of one of their own, identified as Ibrahim Muhammed alias Kaaka who was a vocal social activist
Reports suggested that Kaaka was killed due to his social activism and heavy criticisms on what he felt the government was not doing right.
In the heat of the protest, shots were allegedly fired by the military in a bid to control the crowd but unfortunately, two lives were lost with four others injured.
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