The government has released the report of the three-member ministerial committee that investigated the disturbances at Ejura in the Ashanti Region.
The committee recommends, among other things, the removal of the area’s MCE, who had already withdrawn from the race for a new MCE, as well as compensation for affected families and victims.
Earlier in July 2021, the President, Nana Akufo-Addo, directed the Interior Ministry to conduct a public inquiry following the deaths of two people and injuries to four others by soldiers during a protest against the death of a social activist, Ibrahim Muhammed, popularly known as Kaaka Macho.
Kaaka died on Monday, June 28, 2021, after being attacked by unknown assailants on his way home from an event in the area.
The committee noted, among other things, that the death of Mohammed Ibrahim, also known as Kaaka, catalyzed the unrest.
The committee also made the ten (10) recommendations listed below.
- Adequate compensation for the families of the two deceased persons, Abdul Nasir Yusuf and Murtala Suraj Mohammed. It further recommended that the injured persons, Louis Ayikpa, Awal Misbau, and Nasif Nuhu.
- The immediate transfer of the District Police commander of Ejura, DSP Philip Kojo Hammond for his incompetence in handling the situation and also for the fact that his relationship with the community seems to have been damaged beyond repair.
- The expansion of the Ejura Police Station and an increase in personnel.
- The removal of the Ejura-Sekyedumase Municipal Chief Executive, Honourable Mohammed Salisu Bamba, since his continuous presence as MCE would exacerbate the already tense security situation in Ejura.
- The Military Establishment reviews the actions of the section on the ground, led by Lieutenant Martin Opoku Adusei, for the inappropriate use of force, and apply appropriate sanctions.
- The training of REGSEC, MUSEC, and DISEC officials in the Ashanti Region in Conflict and Crisis Management at the Ghana Armed Forces Command and Staff College at least once every year.
- The development of a joint Standard Operative Procedure (SOP) for Military/ Police operations, including roles for indispensable allied agencies like the National Fire Service, National Ambulance Service, etc.
- The National Commission for Civic Education should intensify its Public education about the rights, obligations, and civic responsibilities of the people of Ejura.
- All crowd/riot/crisis control units are made to wear bodycams and all vehicles and mobile gadgets employed must also have cameras.
- The establishment of Sports and Recreational Facilities in Ejura under the Zongo Development Fund, to rechannel the energies of the youth.