The Ministerial Committee that studied the situation behind the recent murders in Ejura, Ashanti Region, has concluded that the military soldiers on the ground, whose gunshots killed two civilians, face appropriate punishments.
The Committee recommends that the Military Establishment "examine the conduct of the Section on the ground, led by Lieutenant Martin Opoku Adusei, for the unlawful use of force, and implement relevant consequences," according to a 55-page report released by the government on Monday (September 27).
The incidents at Ejura in the Ashanti Region were probed by a three-member ministerial committee.
The Committee recommended a total of ten recommendations, including the dismissal of the Ejura-Sekyedumasi Municipal Chief Executive (MCE), who had previously withdrawn from the campaign for a new MCE, as well as recompense for the affected families and victims.
In July 2021, President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo ordered the Ministry of Interior to undertake a public inquiry into the deaths of two people and the injuries of four others after a demonstration against the death of a social media activist, Ibrahim Muhammed, also known as Kaaka Macho, by soldiers.
Kaaka died on Monday, June 28, 2021, while going home from an event in the region, when he was ambushed by an unidentified person.
Earlier evidences suggest that Kaaka was slain because of his social involvement, which some people believed was making the government unpopular, but police records imply otherwise, after three people, including his brother, were detained and charged in the death.
Following that, the Ministry of Interior formed a three-member committee, chaired by Justice George Kingsley Koomson, to investigate the matter and provide suggestions.
DSP Philip Kojo Hammond, the Ejura-Sekyedumasi District Commander of Police, has been recommended for urgent transfer as part of the committee's findings.
The police commander should be transferred, according to the Committee, due to his inefficiency in handling the issue and "the fact that his connection with the community appears to have been harmed beyond repair."
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