- Minority leader in parliament calls for police protection for MPs after death of former legislator
- Osei Kyei Mensah Bonsu calls on Police to speed up investigations
- Also parliament halt proceedings at parliament and five arrested in connection with leguslator's murder
Minority Leader in Parliament, Osei Kyei Mensah Bonsu has called on the state to prioritize the security of Members of Parliament
His call comes in the wake of the killing of the Member of Parliament for the Abuakwa North Constituency of the Eastern Region, Joseph Boakye Danquah Adu who was stabbed on Tuesday dawn at his residence at Shiashi in Accra.
Speaking on Anopa Kasapa on Kasapa 102.3 FM on the murder of the legislator, Mr. Kyei Mensah Bonsu echoed the need for Police protection for MPs. According to him, there is no justification for parliamentarians to be denied enhanced security, “if DCE’s who are way down the governance structure are getting security; the state must take the issue of security for parliamentarians very seriously and take measures to ensure our safety.”
He expressed his dismay’ over the murder of his colleague calling on the Police to speed up investigations into the matter and bring the perpetrators to book.
Meanwhile investigations is underway and the Police are yet to figure out if it was an assassination or armed robbery attack as the deceased had several stabbing wounds. His family members have also expressed shock at the murder of the Member of Parliament.
In a related development, proceedings in parliament, today was brought to an abrupt end following the death of the legislator.Reason being that the Legislators, all clad in black signifying their mournful state were not well composed to conduct the government business for the day.
The Minority Leader Osei Kyei Mensah Bonsu soon after proceedings had started proposed to the Speaker to adjourn sitting to Wednesday since MPs were not in a good mood to conduct business. The adjournment was also to enable the MPs visit the home of their departed colleague to sympathize with the bereaved family.
The Minority Chief Whip, Mohammed Muntaka Mubarack seconded the proposal following which the Speaker; Edward Doe Adjaho accepted the plea and adjourned the House to Wednesday. The speaker informed the House that he had gotten briefing from the Police and will relay the information to the Leadership of the House.
All other Parliamentary business including committee meetings for the day was also suspended. The Appointment Committee was expected to vet ministerial nominees at 9:00 -2:00 pm, while the Public Accountants Committee was also set to sit at 2:00pm- 5:00pm.
Meanwhile, five persons have been arrested by the police to assist in investigations into the murder of the late Member of Parliament for Abuakwa North, Joseph Boakye Danquah Adu.
The five include three men and two women. The Accra regional Police Command PRO, Assistant Superintendent of police, Mrs Afia Tenge, disclosed this to the media but failed to disclose their identity.
She said the Police received a distress call from the late MP’s Shiashie residence at around 1:25am.
“On arrival, police found the victim in a pool of blood, he was rushed to the police hospital but was pronounced dead on arrival,” she said.