Ambrose Derry Names Committee Members to Probe Ejura Killings

The Minister of Interior, Ambrose Dery, has announced the names of persons who make up the three-member committee tasked to conduct a public inquiry into the disturbances recorded at Ejura in the Ashanti Region which led to the death of a social media activist and two protesters.

They are Justice of the Court of Appeal, Justice George Kingsley Koomson [Chairman of the committee], Security Analyst, Dr. Vladimir Antwi-Danso, and the Executive Director of Penplusbytes, Juliet Amoah.

Marie Louise Simmons, a principal State Attorney, will serve as secretary to the committee.

Honorable Derry said, “These individuals are trusted members of society, and we believe that we will meet the deadline given by the President and come out with the appropriate report and recommendations,”

The committee has 10 days within which to present a report as directed by President Nana Akufo-Addo.

On Thursday, July 1, 2021, the minister led a government delegation to Ejura to commiserate with the people of the area on the death of three residents and visited the palace of the Ejuramanhene, Barima Osei Hwedie II.

The Minister of the Interior assured the Ejuramanhene of the commitment of the government to ensure peace and security in Ghana to ensure that Ghanaians felt safe.

He reiterated that the June 29 incident would be investigated and recommendations made and “we want to reiterate the point that all the fundamental human rights stated in Chapter Five of our constitution would be implemented including the right to demonstrate.”

According to him, the right to demonstrate was respected by the government “the only thing we expect is that when people want to demonstrate will give notice.

“They are not asking for permission, they give notice to the police because the government must protect all demonstrators during demonstrations, to make sure that no harm comes to them. It is the duty of the government,” he stated.

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