Several fake news characterized Ejura upheaval – Kamal Deen

A Deputy Communications Director of the New Patriotic Party (NPP), Kamal Deen Abdullai has observed that several fake news characterized the happenings in Ejura in the Ashanti region.

His comments follow the gruesome murder of Macho Kakaa in Ejura last week..

There was also a violent clash among the military officers and the youth of the area who were demonstrating in that town on Tuesday, June 29 following the murder.

This led to the death of two persons with four sustaining various degrees of injury.

Speaking on the Key Points on TV3 Saturday July 3, Kamal Deen said “Ejura in perspectives, series of stories coming up. First there are those who say  the state sent some thugs to go  and kill Ibrahim Mohammed  Kaaka, others came up to say no, he is a member  of some fix the country  campaign group, the reason why he was attacked  and killed.  All these stories came up .

“It is important to say that a single life in this country  lost is  a shortchange to us as a nation. We will never know what the person  is going to contribute in terms of  development for us. 

“You take out the life and Ghana suffers but the  truth is  when the plethora of stories that came up, when you check those stories  you realize that some truth is not  therein. That is the danger.

“I sighted headlines ‘Fix the country campaigner killed,’ but  now the story comes out to be that  it is not the case .”

For his part, a security analyst, Mr Adib Sanni criticized the Military who were in Ejura to control the protesting crowd for using the last resort instead of the first.

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He explained on the same show that the first resort in controlling an unarmed crowd is not the use of lethal ammunition as was used in Ejura.

Mr Sani told host Abena Tabi that “Even if you are pushed to use force, we different types of forces, you can start with the use of water cannons, tear gas pepper spray . The last resort  is the use of lethal ammunition . Unfortunately, when you take a look at look at the video that surfaced online rather the last resort  was the first resort . When you look at the videos especially the one that shows the arrival of the military which was in the lead and the Police behind them  and water cannon by them you realize that  they simply went to action firing.”

Meanwhile, the Inspector General of Police Mr Oppong-Boanuh, has explained to the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) of Parliament the circumstances under which Police officers can shoot at protesting crowd.

He stated that the laws permit the men and women in uniform to use lethal force when their lives are in danger.

He said “Honourable Chair, you and I know that in very fluid situations, there are no hard and fast rules when the lives of the Police officers are threatened, that they should go through all these. So, depending on the nature of the situation you are dealing with, then you can go through all these.

He added “Yes, we do have a manual on the use of force. Normally, you will speak to the people through a megaphone or you shout if they can hear you and you spray water, you throw tear gas and then you use blank amour and eventually you use live amour,” he explained.

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He further explained that even though protestors may not be carrying deadly weapons, the officers still need to protect themselves.

“Let me add that if you are dealing with unarmed demonstrators, then you will not go for live amour, but when you see somebody in the crowd holding a weapon which is capable of being used to kill or injure a Police officer, our laws permit us to use lethal force to eliminate that threat to the officers on duty. So, it depends on the situation you are dealing with,” he said.

“What people don’t know is ‘A’ may be armed, ‘B’ may not. So, being in the crowd doesn’t necessarily mean you know what is happening but technically, you are responsible for whatever the person is doing. So, we take steps to eliminate that threat to the officers,” he said.

 By Laud Nartey||Ghana