The Ranking Member on Parliament’s Foreign Committee, Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa, says the Minority in Parliament will probe into the incident of chaos between the Arise Ghana and the Police. 

“You know that we are already probing a number of police excesses. What happened in Nkoranza? We are looking into what happened in the Islamic Senior High School; we are going to add this to it,” he said.

Minority to push for probe into Arise Ghana demo violence

He added, “the IGP has been facing us in Parliament as we look into those police brutalities and those clear abuse of power.”

On Tuesday, a pressure group, Arise Ghana, hit the streets of Accra to express displeasure over the worsening economic conditions in the country.

The protest turned chaotic, with police firing tear gas and rubber bullets at protestors while protestors pelted stones at the Police on Tuesday during the demonstration. Many protesters, including police officers, were injured due to the chaotic situation.

The North Tongu MP responding to this assured that all the protestors who sustained various degrees of injuries during the demonstration on Tuesday will not be in vain.

“We in Parliament will demand accountability, and we will make sure that we look into this matters,” he reiterated.

According to him, after the Parliamentary investigation, all those who would be found culpable will face justice.

Minority to push for probe into Arise Ghana demo violence

“Ultimately, a clear message must be sent that the right to demonstrate is the fundamental right that nobody in authority must suppress, and we are not going to allow anybody to erode that democratic gains the Human Rights credentials that we have cherished for many, many years under numerous presidents, we are not going to allow the Akufo-Addo era to take that away from us,” he said.

But reacting to this, the Deputy Majority Chief Whip, Habib Iddrisu, has described as premature the call by the Minority in Parliament for a parliamentary probe into the violence that marred the Arise Ghana demonstration on Tuesday.

Minority to push for probe into Arise Ghana demo violence

Speaking on Top Story on Thursday, Mr Iddrisu said for the moment; that the Police should be allowed to investigate the matter without any parliamentary interference.

According to him, the Minority MPs are putting up a hypocritical behaviour for making such a call, adding that similar demonstrations took place during the John Mahama administration without any call for a probe by the National Democratic Congress.

“At the moment, it is too soon to say that you will call for a parliamentary probe on that. However, we should allow the Police Service, which is mandated to handle such issues, so the Police should be given the opportunity for them to mount a full-scale investigation of what happened.

Minority to push for probe into Arise Ghana demo violence

“Mind you; this is not the first demonstration that has happened in the history of this country.

“A lot of demonstrations have happened, a lot of people got injured when the NDC were in power, and NPP members were injured.

“My colleague Ablakwa never called for any parliamentary probe into that. So it is unfortunate that this may be hypocrisy of a parliamentary call,” he said.

Meanwhile, the Ghana Police Service have arrested some 29 persons in connection with Tuesday’s demonstration by Arise Ghana.