By: Raphael Richstison Tetteh
The National Democratic Congress(NDC) has described the Justice KOOMSON’S committee report as flawed and full of faulty findings.
National Communications Officer, Sammy Gyamfi speaking at a presser earlier October 6, 2021, at the Party’s Head Office in Accra stated explicitly that, the NDC demands an immediate dismissal of the Ashanti Regional Minister and the demotion of Ejura district police commander. According to the party, it was DSP Philip Kojo Hammond’s reckless conduct that provoked the Ejura disturbances and triggered the shootings and killings on June 29, 2021.
Thus, the recommendation made for his transfer is insufficient and ridiculous, the Communications Officer, Sammy Gyamfi said at a press conference, on Tuesday. He said that “in fact, it’s an insult to the sensibilities of the affected people and their families. Transferring a Police Officer to another station in the same capacity and rank can never constitute disciplinary action.”
“We in the NDC hold the view that the committee should have recommended a more punitive and deterrent sanction such as demotion or even dismissal of the Ejura District Police Commander,” the Communications Officer added.
This comes after the three-member Committee set up to probe circumstances leading to the clash between Police cum Military personnel and the irate youth of Ejura that led to the death of two persons on June 29, made ten recommendations for the government’s consideration. Among other things, the committee recommended the immediate transfer of the Ejura District Police Commander. The 55-page report said Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP) Philip Kojo Hammond should be transferred for incompetence and the fact that his relationship with the community had been damaged beyond repair.
However, Sammy Gyamfi stated that a transfer of a police officer from one post to another is a routine exercise for the security agency and thus cannot constitute disciplinary action.
“How on earth can a mere administrative transfer which has been touted as routine exercises of the security agencies, be recommended as punishment for a senior Police Officer whose unprofessional and reckless conduct has caused the death of two Ghanaians and injuries to many?”
Again the NDC are of the view that, the committee should have recommended an outright dismissal of the Ashanti Regional Minister, who without any due diligence or verifiable intelligence deployed soldiers to Ejura.
“Having established that the deployment of soldiers to Ejura was improper, one would have expected the Committee to have recommended sanctions for those responsible for that wrongful deployment, but no such recommendation was made in their report. If this does not speak to certain grand collusion to cover up the heinous crimes of these actual masterminds of the unjustified Ejura killings, then we don’t know what else does”.
“We in the NDC hold the view, that the Ashanti Regional Minister, who without any due diligence or verifiable intelligence deployed soldiers to Ejura, ably supported by the 4th Infantry Battalion Commander and the General Officer Commanding, Central Command, Kumasi, must be dismissed from their positions for the poor judgement they exercised on the matter which led to the loss of precious lives and several injuries. The soldiers on the ground were only following their orders”.