Convener, #FixTheCountry and Researcher at the University of Cambridge Faculty of Law, Mawuse Oliver Barker-Vormawor

A convener of the #FixTheCountry campaign has revealed that they will soon seek the resignation of the Inspector-General of Police, James Oppong Boanuh over the loss of civilian lives during the clash between protesting youth of Ejura and military personnel on Tuesday.

In an interview with JoyNews on Wednesday, Oliver Baker Vormawor noted that the State Security Agencies and the Inspector General must be held accountable for risking the lives of civilians by deploying military officials to control crowds during a protest.

Therefore, his outfit, together with the Economic Fighters Group, has submitted a letter to the office of the Inspector General of Police (IGP), requesting a dialogue on the deployment of military officials to de-escalate the Ejura riots. He said, “at the meeting, we will request for his resignation.”

“Civilian lives and their right to protest and the right to demonstrate is at stake. If we militarise the conversation about how rights are exercised, we put people’s lives at risk.

“We have, together with the Economic Fighters group submitted a letter to the Inspector General of Police and we have requested for the audience because we do believe that this issue needs to be escalated at the highest level. The act we have seen is evidence of state violence that offense our constitution and makes a mockery of our claims of being a democracy.

“And we think that in his authority as the highest law enforcement officer, this must give the necessary gravity and diligence that we haven’t seen applied to the conversation. But in that meeting, we are going to request that he formally resigns,” he stated.  

His comment comes on the back of a clash between military personnel and some agitated youth in Ejura, which left two people dead and four others severely injured.

Condemning the attack on some protesting youth in Ejura, Mr. Baker Vormawor pledged to ensure that justice is served to the bereaved family.

Meanwhile, the Director of Faculty of Academic Affairs and Research at the Kofi Annan International Peacekeeping Training Centre (KAIPTC) has intimated that the clash between the military and the youth of Ejura that resulted in casualties, portrays a massive operational failure on the part of the security forces.

As a Security Analyst, he believes that there is a lot of work that needs to be done in ensuring the Ejura incident does not repeat itself.

But, the IGP James Oppong-Boanuh, addressing Parliament’s Public Accounts Committee on Wednesday stated that per the country’s laws, security personnel are authorized to use lethal force when confronting armed protestors.