Centre for Social Justice (CSJ) has bemoaned the recent spate of insecurity recorded in the country.
In a press statement signed by the Council of Chair, Sodzi Sodzi-Tettey on Monday, the group condemned the killing of Ibrahim ‘Kaaka’ Mohammed, and the associated deaths and injuries recorded in Ejura in the Ashanti Region on June 29.
Mr. Sodzi-Tettey noted that his outfit was smacked with shock by “the death of two mourners with four others injured through gunshots fired from security forces while mourning and decrying the death of their colleague, family, and friend, Ibrahim ‘Kaaka’ Mohammed in the Ejura District of the Ashanti Region.”
According to him, a report alleged that prior to Kaaka’s demise, he received threatening voice messages with partisan political undertones.
Therefore, the need for the incumbent government and security agencies to swiftly provide justice by investigating and punishing perpetrators.
Meanwhile, a three-member committee chaired by an Appeal’s Court judge, Justice George Kingsley Koomson will on Tuesday begin a public hearing into the shooting and killing of two Ejura youth protestors by military officials.
This was after President Akufo-Addo instructed the Minister for Interior, Mr. Ambrose Dery, to set up a committee on Thursday, July I, 2021, to enquire into the disturbances at Ejura.
Commending the decision of government to set up an inquiry to investigate these violent incidents, Mr. Sodzi-Tettey admonished the Akufo-Addo government to implement the recommendation by the committee unlike in the case of the Ayawaso West Wuogon constituency bye-elections recommendation by the Emile Short Commission.
“The CSJ welcomes the decision of government to set up an inquiry to investigate these violent incidents. We however take due notice of government’s rather cold response to the recommendations emerging from the Commission set up in the wake of the Ayawaso West Wuogon constituency bye-elections, wracked by similar violence.
“The Centre for Social Justice will thus be keenly following the deliberations of this new Commission and most importantly, government’s posture towards implementing the recommendations emerging from their work. Ultimately, we expect all culpable individuals to face the full rigours of the law,” he added.
He further urged the incumbent government and security agencies to embrace the culture of free speech.
“We call upon government and security agencies to reposition themselves in a manner that encourages and protects free speech and the expression of divergent views in line with our cherished democratic tenets.
“We call upon the Police Service to facilitate the desire of all campaigners (regardless of their political colours) to embark upon a demonstration calling for fundamental reforms in the democratic governance of this country.”
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