The National Democratic Congress (NDC) is demanding the immediate removal and prosecution of the Municipal Chief Executive of Ejura, Mohammed Salisu Bamba, for his alleged involvement in the killing of Ibrahim Mohammed, alias Kaaka.
In a press statement issued by NDC Communications Officer, Sammy Gyamfi, the opposition party alleged that associates of the MCE are those who attacked Kaaka leading to his death.
The NDC said Nana Akufo-Addo must order “the immediate dismissal and prosecution of the Municipal Chief Executive for Ejura, Mohammed Salisu Bamba, who as Chairman of the Municipal Security Council, sanctioned the deployment of armed Military and Police personnel who shot into the crowd of peaceful protestors and murdered the two young men in cold blood.”
Kaaka was attacked by unknown assailants last Saturday, June 26 and died the following day.
A member of the #FixTheCountry and Economic Freedom Fighters, Kaaka was critical of the government’s seeming neglect of the social and infrastructural needs of his community.
Many believe Kaaka was brutally assaulted for his activism.
On Tuesday, June 29, Ejura youth took to the streets to protest a mob attack and subsequent death of a social media activist, Ibrahim Kaaka Mohammed, who is a known affiliate of the #FixTheCountry and Economic Freedom Fighters pressure groups.
The youth say authorities failed to protect Kaaka, as he is popularly known, because he had reported threats made on his life due to his activism prior to the assault on him.
They blocked roads and burned tyres, compelling security authorities to dispatch a team of military and police personnel to maintain order.
A soldier is captured in a viral video squatting and taking aim at a protestor before firing – shortly after arriving at the scene of the protest.
Two people died after the military shot into the crowd of protestors.
Four other protesters have also sustained gunshot injuries.
The NDC is also calling for the immediate interdiction and prosecution of the District Police Commander and the Army Commander who sanctioned the “mindless deployment of the trigger-happy Military and Police Officers on the day.”
The opposition party also wants “the interdiction, arrest and prosecution of the military and police officers who were deployed on the day, especially those caught on camera squatting and shooting directly into the crowd of protesters.”
Read the NDC’s full statement below.
NATIONAL DEMOCRATIC CONGRESS CONSOLES FAMILIES OF VICTIMS OF STATE-SPONSORED EJURA KILLINGS AND CALLS FOR SWIFT PROSECUTION OF ALL CULPRITS INVOLVED
The Functional Executive Committee of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) has this morning dispatched a delegation to the town of Ejura in the Ashanti Region.
The visit comes in the wake of the mindless killing of Mohammed Ibrahim alias Kaaka by known assailants said to be bodyguards of the Municipal Chief Executive of Ejura, Mohammed Salisu Bamba and the subsequent murder of two other individuals, namely, Nasiru Yussif and Murtala Mohammed by a combined team of military and police personnel
The NDC condemns in no uncertain terms the killing of “Kaaka”, a social media activist who has been using the power of social media to champion change and development in the Ejura community. “Kaaka”s activism predates the Akufo-Addo government, as he has always been known to be an influencer who highlights the ills of his society in dynamic ways to achieve the desired development for his community.
For him to have therefore been ambushed and killed by persons believed to be bodyguards of the Municipal Chief Executve for Ejura, who accused him of making the Akufo-Addo/Bawumia government unpopular, is most unfortunate and reprehensible to say the least.
As if this incident was not dastardly enough, the youth of Ejura who took to the streets to protest the killing of their compatriot were then met with the brute force of uniformed military and police officers, who pointed their guns into the crowd, took aim and shot into the unarmed, harmless protesting civilians, killing two people instantly and injuring several others.
These incidents yet again highlight the institutionalisation of violence and state-sponsored thuggery that have taken center-stage under the leadership of President Akufo-Addo. The NDC has constantly bemoaned how state security has been abused and used as a veritable weapon of oppression against Ghanaians by the tyrannical Akufo-Addo/Bawumia government.
The NDC joins other well-meaning Ghanaians in moral society, the media and from all walks of life, in condemning the gruesome killing of the three individuals, and thus demand that justice be served without delay in order to appease the souls of the departed, their families and to serve as a lesson to all who think they can act criminally and brazenly get away with same.
Even as we console and support the families whose loved ones were murdered and injured few days ago, we wish to call for the following immediate actions from the Akufo-Addo/Bawumia government:
1. The immediate prosecution of persons who have been arrested and all the other assailants of “Kaaka” who are known associates of the MCE for Ejura, Mohammed Salisu Bamba.
2. The immediate dismissal and prosecution of the Municipal Chief Executive for Ejura, Mohammed Salisu Bamba, who as Chairman of the Municipal Security Council, sanctioned the deployment of armed Military and Police personnel who shot into the crowd of peaceful protestors and murdered the two young men in cold blood.
3. The immediate interdiction and prosecution of the District Police Commander and the Army Commander who sanctioned the said mindless deployment of the trigger-happy Military and Police Officers on the day.
4. The interdiction, arrest and prosecution of the military and police officers who were deployed on the day, especially those caught on camera squatting and shooting directly into the crowd of protesters.
The NDC’s delegation comprises, Comrade Joshua Hamidu Akamba, National Organiser, Comrade Sammy Gyamfi, National Communication Officer, Dr. Hanna Louisa Bisiw, National Women Organizer, Comrade George Opare Addo, National Youth Organizer, Comrade Peter Boamah Otokunor, Deputy General Secretary, Comrade Elvis Afriyie Ankrah, Director of Elections, Mr. Haruna Rashied, Director of IT, Comrade Kobby Barlon, Deputy National Organzier, Comrade Ruth Dela Sedoh, Deputy National Women Organizer, and Comrade Edem Agbana, Deputy National Youth Organiser.
(National Communication Officer)