The Director-General of the Public Affairs unit of the Ghana Police Service, ACP David Eklu

The Director General of Public Affairs of the Ghana Police Service, ACP David Eklu has said that just basing the final judgments of the violence of the Ayawaso West Wuogon on the circulating videos is not the best decision.

He stated that the police have noted that some videos being shared about the incident and other even other issues are from past years and not related to current issues.

He said this when interviewed on Radio Ghana’s Current Affairs Programme ‘Behind The News’.

Mr. Eklu said that the police has listened and taken information from the public by giving out their contacts.

He said that the information received is helping the police in their directions to action. He said statements have been taken from all the injured persons which is also contributing to the investigations.

ACP Eklu said however, that it will be difficult to give a timeline to the outcome of the investigations.

The Ghana Bar Association, (GBA) amongst some organizations and individuals has added its voice to condemn and the violence.

The association views the violence as a serious blight on Ghana’s hard-won democratic credentials and a threat to the rule of law.

The Public Relations Officer, Lawyer Yaa Gyakobo contributing to the programme has said that the association do not think the perpetrators cannot be ascertained and therefore have also joined in the call for effective investigations into the matter.

She said Ghana is guided by law and actions of people against the law cannot be tolerated. She mentioned that the injured persons deserve to be served with justice.

Meanwhile, a Security and Safety Expert, Adam Bonaa on the programme has suggested that a new non-government entity should also be composed to conduct investigations into the violence acts alongside the police.

He said this reason is due to the appointments and positions of the Inspector General of Police and the Security Head which were done by government, hence a different investigative body would reassure the public of objectivity and fairness.

He said it is a serious issue that needs thorough investigation and stated that “I see this not as of violence not on those who suffered directly, I see this as an act against all of us”

BACKGROUND

A committee has been set up by the Inspector General of Police (IGP) to look into the shooting incident that occurred at the recent Ayawaso West Wuogon by-election.

The committee is headed by the Deputy Director General of CID, ACP George Tweneboah and has a membership from Police legal Professional Standards Bureau, Police Legal and Prosecution Directorate, Police operations, among others.

Story by: Nhyira Kwbi

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