A member of the Ejura Committee, Dr Vladmir Antwi-Danso, has criticised how the Police handled the Nkoranza youth rampage in their bid to demand for justice for the 28-year-old trader, Albert Donkor who was allegedly killed while in Police custody.
According to him, “the police have not changed the modus operandi and psyching on crowd control.”
“Crowd control has always been a problem for our police and our security services,” he reiterated.
His comment follows a clash between Nkoranza youth and the Police in the Bono East area, where one person has been confirmed dead and nine others, including three in critical condition, are receiving treatment for gunshot wounds at the St. Theresa’s Catholic Hospital.
The Dean of the Ghana Armed Forces Command and Staff College (GAFSC), urged Ghanaians to change “our own socio-psychological attitude towards institutions.”
This, he explained is due to the high level of indiscipline in society.
“We are not constitutional, we are not institutional. However, there is so much indiscipline in our society in such a way that if we don’t stop those things… will always bring this kind of situation,” he indicated.
Dr Antwi-Danso said the Police Service is a “human institution”; therefore, if there is a problem with the Police, it is a human institution; they can make mistakes, and they can even commit blunders.
“There are other institutions that can check the police there are other measures that can check the police but to take the matters into our own hands and wanting to override the police in their duties will always bring this kind of situation.”
He said that he was sad when he heard of other deaths concerning Albert Donkor’s case, adding that “ it is like we haven’t learned anything from the Ejura disturbance.”
He further cautioned the public to learn from the Ejura disturbance and know how to relate to the Police.
Meanwhile, security presence in Nkoranza has been increased following heightened tensions between some irate youth and the Police in the community.
According to JoyNews’ correspondent, Ohemeng Tawiah, as of Wednesday morning, the entire community had been inundated with personnel from the Police and military, who are poised to forestall any mayhem.
In an interview on JoyNews‘ AM News on Wednesday, he revealed that, following a protest by the youth on Tuesday, the traditional leaders in the community engaged the angry youth to calm the tensions, leading to an agreement in that regard.
But according to him, despite the decision of the youth to maintain calm, they later poured onto the streets in a heated confrontation with the Police.
He, therefore, stated that, despite the heavy security presence, it is unclear what the youth may do next.
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