Ejura Committee of Inquiry makes 10 recommendations to Akufo-Addo for immediate action

President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo
President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo

The three (3) member Ejura Committee of Inquiry led by George Kindsley Koomson has made some top ten (10) recommendations to the office of President Nana Addo Dankwa  Akufo-Addo through the Minister of Interior Mr. Ambrose Dery for immediate actions.

According to the Committee, it very necessary for President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo to take a quick action to sanction persons involved in the mishandling of situations at Ejura leading to the sudden death of two (2) innocent persons.

George Kindsley Koomson Committee recommended an immediate transfer of the District Police Commander of Ejura, DSP Philip Kojo Hammond and subsequent removal of the Ejura-Sekyedumase Municipal Chief Executive, Honourable Mohammed Salisu Bamba including restructuring of the Police Service System.

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The Committee added that, their findings show that, the death of Mohammed Ibrahim aka “Kaaka” and the mishandling of same, was the trigger point for the riots that followed. Meanwhile, the maximum application of force, worsened the situation.

Read below, the full recommendations as released by the Ejura Committee of Inquiry to President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo. 

1. The Committee recommends adequate Compensation for the families of the
two deceased persons, namely, Abdul Nasir Yusif and Murtala Suraj
Mohammed. Adequate compensation must also be paid to other injured
persons, namely Louis Ayikpa (20 years), Awal Misbau (16 years) and Nasif Nuhu (30 years). These are the names known to the Committee.

2. The Committee recommends the immediate transfer of the District Police
Commander of Ejura, DSP Philip Kojo Hammond, first for his incompetence in handling the situation and for the fact that, his relationship with the community seems to have been damaged beyond repair.

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3. We further recommend the structural expansion of the Ejura Police Station
and an increase in personnel.

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4. We recommend the removal of the Ejura-Sekyedumase Municipal Chief Executive, Honourable Mohammed Salisu Bamba, since his continuous presence as MCE would exacerbate the already tense security situation in Ejura.

5. It is further 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.

6. 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.

7. We recommend the development of a joint Standard Operative Procedure
(SOP) for Military / Police operations, including roles for indispensable allied agencies like the National Investigations Bureau, NADMO, Ghana National Fire Service, National Ambulance Service, etc.

8. 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.

9. It is further recommended that, all crowd /riot/crises control units be made to
wear bodycams and all vehicles and mobile gadgets employed must also
have cameras.

10. We recommend the establishment of a Sports and other Recreational Facilities in Ejura under the Zongo Development Fund, so as to re-channel the energies of the youth.

 

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