Ejura riot: Bad judgment led to deployment of military personnel –  Kumadoe

A Fraud and Security Consultant says the deployment of armed military men to Ejura in the Ashanti Region to stop protesting youth which subsequently led to a brawl is a display of a lack of good judgment.

Richard Kumadoe said the mere presence of the heavily armed military escalated the situation leading to the death of two persons and injured four individuals.

Speaking to Original TV’s Akosua Asabea Asomaning, he narrowed the factors that influenced the military deployment to “bad judgment, misunderstanding of the security operation, and indiscretion.”

According to Mr. Kumadoe, the service of the country’s military was not needed at the scene owing the infuriated youth could not have overpowered the Ghana Police Service.

“We have different units within the police with a different kind of training. Looking at the crowd and its spontaneity, the killing of Kaaka, and the anger of the people, I don’t believe the people were overwhelming the police and the police were not under any threat,” he said on Hot Seat Sunday.

“I think somebody miscalculated this whole issue of the use of the military in our body politics and in the public space, it’s creating problem.”

“Looking at what’s happening in Wa, as at yesterday there were other excesses of the military in the state.”

He said it would be necessary for those in charge of the country’s security to exercise patience to “coordinate the activities of security agencies properly” explaining that, “When that happen all these lapses of when to use the police and military will be limited and the public space will be a bit clear.’

Meanwhile, the Ashanti Regional Minister, Simon Osei-Mensah, has admitted he deployed security officers to Ejura Sekyeredumase in the Ashanti region following protests by some civilians.

Osei Mensah said his decision to deploy men to the town was based on intelligence gathered that the youth had targetted to set ablaze the Police station and other installations in the town.

Two people on Tuesday were shot dead while six others sustained varying degrees of injuries at Ejura after security officers opened fire on angry youth protesting the murder of social activist Muhammed Ibrahim popularly known as Kaaka,” He said on Kasapa Morning Show


By: Bernard Ralph Adams | Metrotvonline.com | Ghana

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