Mahama’s condemnation of police brutality commendable – Nana Addo

Presidential candidate of the New Patriotic Party Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has applauded President John Dramani Mahama for joining the chorus of condemnation of the Ghana Police for meting out brutalities against demonstrators last Wednesday.

According to Nana Addo, the president’s condemnation has reassured all democrats and freedom loving Ghanaians about the nation’s commitment to maintaining democratic governance.

However, Nana Akufo-Addo disagreed with the president’s directive for an internal police review into the brutal assaults of the demonstrators, stating that it could lead to a cover-up.

Speaking on Sunday, September 20 during the final day of his two-day tour of the Northern Region, Nana Addo mentioned that the police have already come out to justify their action, pre-empting any move to internally look into it.

“An internal review is likely to lead to a cover-up, because the hierarchy will find it very difficult to reverse itself,” he said.

Nana Addo called for a commission of inquiry into the incident but at the Asogli Yawm Festival over the weekend, President Mahama announced he has prevailed on the top hierarchy of the Ghana Police Service to probe the action of the field officers.

“An independent commission of inquiry is what is needed so we can have an impartial, objective and transparent inquiry, which will make the appropriate recommendations that will enable us have confidence that we have a police service that can police a free, open, democratic society,” Nana Addo insisted.

He, on behalf of the NPP, also extended his deepest condolences to one of the demonstrators, Justice Adzakumah, who lost one of his eyes as a result of police brutality in the demonstration.

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