Human Rights Lawyer, Martin Kpebu has called on the President, Nana Akufo-Addo to with immediate effect dismiss the Ashanti Regional Minister, Simon Osei Mensah for ordering Military Intervention in the violent demonstration in Ejura.
According to him, the Regional Minister does not deserve to occupy that position since he failed to offer critical analysis of the situation after gathering intelligence that the demonstration could turn violent.
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“The Regional Minister must be blamed and ought to be sacked from his position, he must not be allowed to enjoy his position again. He should be sacked…,” he said on UTV’s Crtical Issues monitored by GhanaNewsPage.Com.
The Human Rights Lawyer further said that the Minister ought to have acted more maturedly after gathering the intelligence and written it down so it is channeled to the top hierarchy for further deliberations and direction.
Mr Simon Osei Mensah in an interview on Peace FM said he called for the Military Intervention presence of the military in Ejura on Tuesday, June 29, 2021.
He explained that he did that in the capacity of Chairman of the Regional Security Council (REGSEC) because of the intelligence he gathered a day before the protest that led to the death of two persons.
According to him, he had picked intelligence that the youth of the area had planned to burn the Ejura District Police Station after the burial of social activist, Ibrahim Muhammed, aka Kaaka, who was killed by a mob.
“I called on the military, as the Chairman of the Regional Security Council (REGSEC), to be a backup a day before the incident. I did that based on intelligence I gathered that the youth had planned to go and burn the police station in the town and the homes of the two suspects the police have arrested after the burial of Kaaka’, he said.
Describing the outcome of the military presence as unfortunate, Mr. Mensah said that was not the first time he had used the military to curb some planned activities within the region.
“It is very unfortunate what happened, but this isn’t the first time the military has been called upon to assist the police. It is a strategy I have used since 2017,” he stated.