BOTH MINISTERS for the Defence and the Interior, Dominic Nitiwul and Ambrose Dery respectively, have sent a strong signal to junior officers of the police and military involved in the Tamale riot to get prepared to face the full rigours of the law if found culpable.
In a joint statement read to Members of Parliament yesterday, May 22, 2018, the Minister for the Interior, Ambrose Dery, said the leadership of the two security institutions have vowed to end the recurrence of such situations between officers of the two institutions and have, therefore, decided to punish anyone found guilty in the Tamale incident to serve as deterrent to others.
The action, according to Mr Dery, shall be taken following preliminary investigations into the incident.
“Mr Speaker, we want to assure you that any person found culpable after the preliminary investigations shall be dealt with in accordance with the law,” noted Mr Dery
Mr Dery further told the House about steps the two security institutions had taken to address the incident and prevent any occurrence in the future.
“Mr Speaker, following the May 16 incident in Tamale, the two Ministers convened a meeting of the top hierarchy of the police and military at which a decision was made to dispatch a high-powered delegation of the two institutions to hold separate meetings and a joint durbar with the rank and file of the Armed Forces and the Police Service in Tamale on May 17, 2018.
“At the end of the interactions, the two institutions agreed to fully implement existing guidelines regarding the handling of personnel on disciplinary issues and breaches of the law. The adherence to this will forestall recurrence of such unfortunate incident.”
“A preliminary investigation has been carried out as a prelude to a five-member committee, composed from the two institutions and the Attorney-General’s Department, to conduct detailed investigations into the causes of the clashes and recommend any further interventions beyond existing guidelines and or protocols.
“Meanwhile, following the initial investigations, the two institutions agreed to hold regular joint durbars and other activities to enhance interaction and cooperation between the two institutions. Currently, full operational cooperation and or collaboration has been restored in Tamale and the entire Northern Region, as pertains in the other regions in the country,” he stated.
Mr Dery assured the citizenry of their security and safety and further noted that the two institutions and their respective high commands were poised to preserve the sanctity of the cooperation achieved on a permanent basis.
Source: www.dailyheritage.com.gh/Muftaw Mohammed