Islamic SHS shooting: Asenso-Boakye asks GES to probe claim that teachers incited students to demonstrate

Works and Housing Minister, Francis Asenso-Boakye
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Bantama Member of Parliament, Francis Asenso-Boakye has asked the leadership of the Ghana Education Service (GES) to investigate allegation that some teachers at the Islamic Senior High School in Kumasi incited the students to demonstrate, leading to the violent confrontation with the Police on Monday June 13.

He said if this allegation is proven to be true, then it is condemnable and should not be repeated.

He also implored the Inspector General of Police to do a thorough investigation on the alleged police brutality of the students of Islamic senior high school during Monday’s protest.

This according to him, will bring finality to the matter..

The Works and Housing Minister was speaking after cisiting the Sxhool on Thirsday June 16.

He said “The other side that I think we can also look at , right from the day up till now, there is an allegation that the students were incited by one or two members of management and teaching staff to do that.

“You shouldn’t countenance that, you shouldn’t encourage that , we shouldn’t take advantage of the developing challenges that we have facing in the country to create confusion in the country. That is not acceptable. It is upon that note that I want to urge the Ghana Education Service to conduct the full scale investigations into this allegation so that it will guide future occurrence in any school kids will be incited to go on demonstration.”

Meanwhile, the Police have announced that the Deputy Regional Commander in the Ashanti Region, DCOP Kwesi Akomea Apraku has been removed following the shooting incident.

This comes after the Inspector General of Police Dr George Akuffo Dampre led a team to the area to assess the situation.

Portions of a statement issued by the Police after the IGP’s visit said “It was further established that even though nobody was hit by a bullet the Police handling of the incident was poor and fell short of our standard operating procedure on crowd control.

“As a result, DCOP Kwesi Akomeah-Apraku who was acting as the Regional Commander has been removed from his position and has been interdicted. Two other officers, ACP Mr George Ankomah, the Regional Operations Officer and ACP Mr Alex Cudjoe Acquah, the Suame Divisional Police Commander have also been interdicted to make way for a thorough investigations into the matter.”

Over thirty students of the Islamic Senior High School were rushed to the hospital after the police allegedly fired tear gas and live bullets to disperse students who were demonstrating over incessant vehicular knockdown.

Worried parents stormed the school to demand for the release of their wards on Monday June 13.

The affected students were conveyed to the Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital (KATH) and other hospitals in Kumasi.

“I should be worried but some of them have been resituated . we will follow to the hospital and see how they are doing,” Madam Mary Owusu Afriyie, the Regional Education Director told journalists.


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