Ejura Committee’s report: Here are the 10 recommendations made

Government has released the final committee report on the violence that occured at Ejura in the Ashanti Region.

The Three-Member Committee.

The report of the three-member ministerial committee was made public on Monday, September 27, 2021, after weeks of investigations into the disturbance.

On Monday, June 28, it was reported that social activist, Ibrahim Mohammed who was attacked by assailants at Ejura Saturday dawn, had died.

The deceased was attacked by two assailants, who were allegedly arrested by the Police. He was repeatedly struck on the head with objects until he lost consciousness.

This led many Ghanais shocked and angered, the angry youth of the area took to the streets and clashed with security personnel leading to the death of two more and some injuries.

President Akufo-Addo thus instructed the Interior Minister to conduct a public investigation into what led to the killing of two persons and injuries to four others by soldiers during a protest against the killing of a social activist, Ibrahim Muhammed, popularly known as Kaaka Macho.

The Committee after its investigations made 10 recommendations as listed below;

1. Adequate compensation for the families of the two deceased persons, Abdul Nasir Yusuf 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 immediate transfer of the District Police commander of Ejura, DSP Philip Kojo Hammond for his incompetence in handling the situation and also for the fact that his relationship with the community seems to have been damaged beyond repair.

3. The expansion of the Ejura Police Station and an increase in personnel.

4. 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. 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. The training of REGSEC, MUSEC, and DISEC officials in the Ashanti Region in Conflict and Crisis Management at the Ghana Armed Forces Command and Staff College at least once every year.

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

8. The National Commission for Civic Education should intensify its Public education in relation to the rights, obligations, and civic responsibilities of the people of Ejura.

9. All crowd/riot/crisis control units be made to wear bodycams, and all vehicles and mobile gadgets employed must also have cameras.

10. The establishment of Sports and Recreational Facilities in Ejura under the Zongo Development Fund, to rechannel the energies of the youth.

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