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Ejura Killings Probe: I deployed Operation Calm Life to support Police but they killed two, minister

The ministerial committee probing the Ejura killings has commenced it's public hearing today in Ashanti Regional Security Council, Kumasi. First to appear before the Justice George Kingsley led committee was Hon. Simon Osei Mensah, the Ashanti Regional Minister.

The minister told the committee that he personally deployed the millitary who killed two persons to Ejura.

According to him, he picked intelligence after the death of Kaaka that, the youth in Ejura were going to cause mayhem. As overwhelmed as the police were, he decided to deploy the 'operation calm life' to help in the maintenance of peace.

Hon. Simon Osei Mensah added that while in Accra, he received a distressing call that informed him that the youth attacked the security officers with stones and other weapons and in attempt to restore calm, six people were shot of which two died in the hospital.

The minister who doubles as the Chairman of the Regional Security Council (REGSEC) tendered in a video as evidence. The content of the video has some youth pelting stones at a police armoured vehicle. The minister told the committee, "that was what happened in Ejura".

To authenticate the content of the 28 seconds video, the committee requested for the minister to produce the one who took the video to appear before the committee. But the minister declined. He stated that he will be jeopardizing the security of the region if he betrays his confidants. After the back and forth, he agreed to meet the man for discussions as long as his hearing will be in camera.

Interestingly, the minister disclosed that he hadn't seen the DCE of the area since the incident took place. He said the last time he head of the man was a day before Kaaka's burial when he (DCE) was attending a vetting in Accra.

It will be recalled that the interior minister empanelled a three member committee to probe the recent killings in Ejura. The committee was chaired by a Justice of the Court of Appeal, Justice George Kingsley Koomson with a security analyst, Dr. Vladimir Antwi-Danso, and the Executive Director of Penplusbytes, Juliet Amoah as members.

Other members to appear before the committee today are Joynews journalists, family members and victims of the brutalities.

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