Builsa North MP, James Agalga

Ranking Member on the Interior and Defense Committee in Parliament, James Agalga has reiterated the need for the establishment of an Independent state institution that would investigate cases of alleged Police brutalities on the populace.

The former Deputy Minister for the Interior explained that, many jurisdictions around the world such as, the United Kingdom and Serbia, have set up such institutions aside from internal Police arrangements.

The Builsa North MP believes that for transparency and accountability’s sake, an institution of such nature must be established.

“Once again, this matter has come to the fore. There is an urgent need for us as a country to consider the establishment of an independent state institution that people can fall on when there are allegations of police brutalities against the populace…several countries now have those institutions in place.

“In the name of transparency and accountability, when these things happened, it is important you have an independent body looking into the matter that is why I think the Minority Chief Whip wanted the committee to independently investigate the matter,” he said on Top Story, Tuesday.

This follows the disturbances recorded at the Islamic Senior High School in Kumasi when students protested against pedestrian knockdowns involving students and teachers of the school.

Over 20 students of the school were rushed to the hospital, following an alleged clash with the Police.

Video footage available to JoyNews show Police personnel opened up tear gas on students to disperse the crowd.

On the back of this, some top Police officers in the jurisdiction have been interdicted, including the Deputy Regional Police Commander, DCOP Kwasi Akomeah-Apraku.

The Police has also admitted that the method it adopted to control protesting students was wrong, adding that a more calculated tactic could have been used to address the situation.

According to the Police, “even though nobody was hit by a bullet, the Police handling of the incident was poor and fell short of our standard operating procedure on crowd control.”

Meanwhile, the Majority Chief Whip, Frank Annor-Dompreh has lambasted the Ghana Police Service over its tackling of the riot.

Frank Annoh-Dompreh said the Police failed in executing its basic mandate.

The Nsawam Adoagyiri lawmaker, thus wants the Police Administration to do more in training its personnel on crowd management.

“Just as we love and respect the Police to deal with such matters and particularly, ensuring public orderliness, the Police should up their professional antics and tactics in the handling of such ‘infantile’ challenges…,” he said in a tweet on Monday, June 13.

The Defense and Interior Committee of Parliament has also been directed by the Speaker of Parliament, Alban Bagbin to embark on a fact-finding mission on the disturbances.

The Committee has been handed a week ultimatum to report their findings to Parliament to enable the House take the necessary action.

“I will direct the Committee on Defense and Interior to take the matter up and report to us by early next week. In other words, I am saying that the members of the Committee should visit the Police, starting from the IGP to the Regional Police Command and the school in question, the hospitals and see the injured students and then report back to the House with your kind permission by Tuesday,” Alban Bagbin said.

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