Wave of killings 'threaten right to life, liberty of Ghanaians' -- Amnesty Int'l

Wave of killings 'threaten right to life, liberty of Ghanaians' -- Amnesty Int'l
Source: Ghana | Myjoyonline.com | George Nyavor | george.nyavor@myjoyonline.com
Date: 17-01-2019 Time: 11:01:09:pm
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Amnesty International wants the IGP, David Asante-Apeatu, to take firm steps to deal the killings

The Ghana chapter of international human rights campaigner, Amnesty International, has urged security agencies to swiftly clampdown on the recent wave of seeming arranged killings in the country.

 Amnesty International Ghana is urging the police to release a plan on how to seize and address this worrying trend, proposing that a special task force should be constituted to develop this plan and share it with Ghanaians.

The proposal by the human rights group follows the killing of Ahmed Hussein-Suale, an undercover investigator and a key member of Anas Aremeyaw Anas's Tiger Eye private investigative team.

Ahmed Hussein Suale

Photo: Ahmed was shot three times -- twice in the chest and another in the neck – by unknown assailants late Wednesday night at Madina in Accra while driving home.

Related: Family of killed undercover investigator demand justice

In a press release issued on Thursday, Amnesty International Ghana said Ahmed’s killing and that of Mr. Joseph Miigaai Jakperuk, the Deputy Distribution Manager of Accra East Region of GWCL and Mrs Josephine Asante, the Marketing and Public Relations Manager of the Tema Port has a potential to put Ghanaians into a state of fear, insecurity and worry.

“These incidents threaten the right to life and liberty of Ghanaians and others in Ghana,” Amnesty International said.


Joseph Miigaai Jakperuk was also shot dead by unknown assailants Gbangu in the East Mamprusi District of the Northern Region, while Mrs Josephine Asante was been stabbed to death at her residence at community 25 in Tema in the Greater Accra Region.

Police have launched investigations in all the killings, however, Amnesty International wants the men in uniform to make necessary aspects of their investigation reports known to the public to help limit potential state of fear, insecurity and worry.

“It will also be necessary that the Inspector General of Police (IGP) of the Ghana Police Service comes out with a statement and strategy to address the emerging trends of seeming “arranged” killings which, seem to be gaining prominence just within the first month of the year to allay the fears of Ghanaians,” the human rights group said in its statement.

Amnesty International reminds the government that the right to life is sacrosanct and must be given the utmost priority.

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Read the full statement below.

AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL IS ALARMED AT THE SHOOTING AND KILLING OF THE UNDERCOVER INVESTIGATOR, AHMED HUSSEIN-SUALE IN MADINA

17th January 2019- Accra- Amnesty International Ghana is outraged at news of the shooting and killing of Ahmed Hussein-Suale, who has been identified as an undercover investigator and a key member of Anas Aremeyaw Anas's Tiger Eye private investigative team.

According to media report, Ahmed was shot three times, twice in the chest and another in the neck by unknown assailants late Wednesday night at Madina in Accra while driving home.

This incident and that of Mr. Joseph Miigaai Jakperuk, the Deputy Distribution Manager of Accra East Region of GWCL and Mrs Josephine Asante, the Marketing and Public Relations Manager of the Tema Port has a potential to put Ghanaians into a state of fear, insecurity and worry. These incidents threaten the right to life and liberty of Ghanaians and others in Ghana.

The right to life is sacrosanct and must be given the utmost priority as identified in Article 13 (1) of Ghana’s 1992 Constitution as well as the right to liberty as stipulated in Article 14 (1).

We call on the Ghana Police Service to immediately move into action to investigate and bring the perpetrators of all reported cases of killings to book.

They must make necessary aspects of their investigation reports and further actions on these cases known to the public to help limit potential state of fear, insecurity and worry. It will also be necessary that the Inspector General of Police (IGP) of the Ghana Police Service comes out with a statement and strategy to address the emerging trends of seeming “arranged” killings which, seem to be gaining prominence just within the first month of the year to allay the fears of Ghanaians.

 

Government of Ghana must immediately come out with a plan to seize and address this worrying trend of seeming “arranged” killings in the country. A team should be constituted to develop this plan and share necessary aspects with Ghanaians.

We ask the public to also support with any information that can assist the Police in its investigations.

 


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