OccupyGhana questions National Security over Ayawaso West Wuogon violence

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Pressure group, Occupy Ghana, has fired a letter to National Security Minister, Albert Kan Dapaah, peppering him with questions over the deployment of the armed men who unleashed gun violence on civilians during the Ayawaso West Wuogon Parliamentary by-election.

The letter which is copied to President Akufo-Addo and Vice President Mahamudu Bawumia as well, demanded to know the legal basis for the establishment of that army of masked men, when the Constitution of the Republic acknowledges only one standing army for Ghana.

Along with the foregoing, the group also demanded to know the mode of funding for the army whose members were attired in uniforms bearing the insignia of the National Security Council and were openly deployed with vehicles belonging to the Police.

“This letter is a formal request for information under Article 21 of the Constitution. Further, it constitutes statutory notice of our intention to take appropriate action against the Government should you fail to respond to and address the issues we have raised.

“Thus if we do not hear from you we shall go to Court to seek reliefs including (but not limited to): (a) providing the information requested above, (b) declaring the said force illegal, (c) ordering that the force be disbanded, (d) ordering you to account for all of sums of money expended on maintaining this force, (e) and further ordering that all such sums be refunded to the State, the expenditure on the said force being contrary to law,” the group wrote.

On 31st January 2019, the Parliamentary by-election at Ayawaso West Wuogon turned bloody when a group of heavily armed he-men, attired in national security council uniforms, stormed the home of the NDC’s candidate in the by-election and opened fire on unarmed civilians.

Video footages of the attack by the men who were masked and bearing AK 47 rifles also capture a physical assault that was visited on the Member of Parliament for Ningo Prampram, Sam George Nartey, by one of the thugs, who had been heard promising more violence in 2020.

The strange army, believed to be made up of members of the ruling party’s most notorious goon squad, Invisible Forces, was deployed with vehicles belonging to the Ghana Police service even though the Inspector General of Police denied knowing who they were until the Minister of State in Charge of National Security, Bryan Acheampong, came out to say they were National Security agents.

“Concerned about the legality or otherwise of that force, we have checked the Constitution (particularly articles 83 to 85, 200 and 210) and all statutes relevant to National Security and have found no law that backs the force that your office deployed,” OccupyGhana wrote.

It demanded from Kan Dapaah, answers on the legal bases upon which the army was assembled, maintained and deployed; the circumstances under which the Ghana Police Service supplied vehicles and other logistics for the bloody operation; the reason and necessity for maintaining the said force outside the legally and constitutionally recognized services established by law; the procedure for recruiting persons into the said force; and the financial provision made for maintaining this force.

“We demand answers to these questions because the powers of government, as required by law, must be exercised, first, in the welfare of the people who were inexcusably violated by this force, and second, “in the manner and within the limits laid down in [the] Constitution.”

Source: Whatsup News

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