The Three-Member Committee in action

After 12 days of public sitting, the three-member committee that investigated the Ejura disturbances has wrapped up its work.

The committee set up by the president follows the killing of two people and the injuring of four others by soldiers during a protest against the killing of a social activist, Ibrahim Muhammed.

The deceased, also known as Macho Kaaka, died on Monday, June 28, 2021, after he was attacked by a mob while returning home on his motorbike at Ejura.

It is unclear for now the motive for his murder but some have linked it to his social activism role.

Chairman of the committee, Justice George Kingsley Koomson told the media the committee was thorough in its work.

“In all 22 witnesses appeared before us but three of them because of security reasons provided evidence in camera, also 117 videos, 555 pictures, and three documents were received by the committee as evidence and now we will sit, write our report together with recommendations and present it to the interior minister next week,” Justice Koomson added.

The committee faced criticism from a section of Ghanaians over claims it was set up to single out the media for blame in the disturbances.

Indeed testimony by Luv FM’s Erastus Asare Donkor who was the scene during the disturbances is said to have infuriated the Member of Parliament for Assin Central Kennedy Ohene Agyapong who told his Net2 television the Multimedia journalist ought to be beaten for his coverage of the disturbances.

His comments deemed an affront to the dignity of Parliament have been referred to the Privileges Committee for investigations after a formal application was made on the floor by the MP for Tamale North, Alhassan Suhuyini.

The Ashanti Regional Police command has also commenced investigations into the matter. 

In a statement on Thursday, the Deputy Regional Commander, DCOP David Agyeman Adjem, acknowledged that his outfit has received the complaint and will periodically communicate their findings.

Assuring the citizenry that the police is committed to protecting life and properties in the region, DCOP Adjem said his outfit will continue to uphold the constitution and exercise their mandate dutifully.

Speaking to JoyNews, Justice Koomson said the members will be open-minded in its report and recommendations to the Interior Minister, Ambrose Dery.

“Erastus provided us with testimony and evidence crucial to our work and we do not consider it as stupid, indeed we value every evidence that came before and we will examine them and come to a conclusion,” he hinted.