The National Commission for Civic Education, NCCE has condemned in no uncertain terms the horror unfolding tragedy at Ejura in the Ashanti region resulting in the death of two persons and injuring others.
A statement signed by Chairperson of the Commission, Josephine Nkrumah, said the development is unfortunate and disturbing especially because lives lost cannot be replaced.
The NCCE commiserated with the bereaved families and friends for the tragic loss and says the illegality or otherwise of citizens’ protest should not have led to unjustified and unwarranted use of force against unarmed Ghanaians.
It is in this vein, that the NCCE is urging protesters to equally abide by law and order and act responsibly within the remit of the law whilst exercising their rights.
Madam Nkrumah expressed concern about the recurrence of brutalities by the security agencies which is an affront to the country’s democratic credentials and an infringement on the rights of citizens.
She called for an in-depth investigation into the matter and entreated Heads of the Ghana Police Service and the Military, whose officers are alleged to have committed the act, to take swift action against perpetrators of the Ejura incident.
The NCCE stressed that the right to express oneself is one of the key pillars of a vibrant democracy and any illegitimate attempt to thwart such rights is repugnant to Ghana’s democratic culture.
The Commission also charged well-meaning Ghanaians to speak against these brutalities and refrain from acts that could worsen the already volatile situation in the Ejura township.