Christian Council, GBA, House of Chiefs, others silent on eight murders at 2020 elections

Ogyeahohoo Yaw Gyebi II National House of Chiefs President, Arch-Bishop-Duncan-Williams,Anthony Forson Jnr GBA President Ghana Bar Association and Ebenezer Gilbert Nii Narh Nartey, Ablekuma Central NPP Ogyeahohoo Yaw Gyebi II National House of Chiefs President, Arch-Bishop-Duncan-Williams,Anthony Forson Jnr GBA President Ghana Bar Association and Ebenezer Gilbert Nii Narh Nartey, Ablekuma Central NPP

A total of eight lives, including three minors, were lost during the 2020 Presidential and Parliamentary elections, but quite shockingly, the National House of Chiefs, Christian Council, the Ghana Bar Association (GBA), the Muslim Council and civil society organizations, have not condemned the killings some of which have been traced to operatives at the presidency, Jubilee House.

Some of the murders, happened in the hands of men in both police and military uniform, but they are yet to be arrested and prosecuted.

Those killed so far are, Zakaria Samira, 12, Musah Fuseini, 14 Botwe Tackie, 16, Abdallah Ayarek, 18; Tajudeen Mohammed, 41, Dompreh Emmanuel, 36, and Abass Ibrahim 30 years.

About 15 other electorates, also received various degree of injuries mostly from gunshots.

Individual members of these organizations are asking supporters of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) who are protesting over an election they believe to have been rigged to end the demonstrations across the country, although those killed, have been linked to the NDC.

Many NDC bigwigs, including Johnson Asiedu Nketiah, have said that instead of pushing his party to end the protests, they should invite them and hear their grievances against the Electoral Commission (EC), adding the party has no guns.

He insisted that the NDC members are the ones being killed and not the other way round.

Editor of the Insight, Kwesi Pratt, has also insisted that instead of forcing the NDC to accept the disputed presidential result, they should rather urge the EC and its Chairperson to do the right thing.

Commissioner of Police (COP) Isaac Ken Yeboah, Director-General of the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) of the Ghana Police Service, disclosed these at a press conference on Friday, to give a situational update on electoral violence.

He said all the violence which were recorded at Tamale, Techiman, Odorkor, Ablekuma, Savelugu happened after Election Day during collation.

COP Yeboah, reiterated that the Police would never shield anyone who foments trouble which comes to their notice.

He said investigations were ongoing pertaining to those arrested, as well as to bring other perpetrators to book, and called on the public to assist the Police to conduct further investigations.

He mentioned one Duko Naa Mohammed Ahmed, Chief of Duko in the Northern Region as one of those arrested.

Among the items retrieved, included a Baretta pistol, with 13 rounds of ammunition, a Smith and Wesson pistol with nine rounds of ammunition, another 80 rounds of ammunition and a Pump action gun, pepper spray, BB Cartridges, jack knives, an AK 47 Rifle, Ballistic vest, G3 Rifle ammunitions and two magazines loaded with 60 rounds of ammunitions.

He mentioned that Geoffrey, alias Wadaada, Emmanuel Geo-Nai, Reverend Esinam Robert Oforfor, Mawuko, Bruno and more than 30 others are suspects already arraigned.

He said they were facing various charges such as causing unlawful harm, causing unlawful damage, unlawful assembly and murder.

On Thursday, a trigger-happy man, whose gunshots at the Ablekuma Central Constituency Collation Centre in the just-ended elections, led to the death of one Ibrahim Abass, a polling agent of the NDC, was thrown into police custody by an Accra Circuit Court.

The accused, Collins Kwaku, alias Kola, per his lawyer, Faisal Cisse is employed as a National Security Officer at the Operations Department of the Office of the President, Jubilee House manned by ex-National Organizer of the New Patriotic Party (NPP), Lord Commey, but currently the Director of Operations at the Presidency.

Kola, is accused of shooting five persons, including a police officer and a journalist at the Odorkor Police Church collation centre on Election Day.

What is strange is that Kola is not licensed to carry a gun.

The late Ibrahim Abass, and Kola, are said to have grown up in the same vicinity and therefore knew each other .

Other victims of Kola, included Chief Police Inspector, Nixon Awuni, Arafat Gibril and Pius Asiedu Kwanin, a Journalist with TV3, Pius Kwanin, and another journalist with the Global News Watch, as well as Rashid Umar alias Red, a trader and NDC Vice Chairman of Sabon Zongo, Doreen Ampofo of GBC Radio and Ibrahim Abass who eventually died on Wednesday.

Ibrahim Abass, Arafat Gibril and Pius Asiedu Kwanin, were admitted at the Korle-Bu Teaching Hospital and Ridge Hospital respectively.

But on Wednesday morning, news of the sudden demise of Ibrahim Abass, who was receiving treatment at the ICU of Korle-Bu Teaching Hospital came out.

In line with Islamic practices, Ibrahim Abass, was buried at the Awudome Cemetery in Accra, per his religious beliefs.

Kola was arraigned on six counts, including causing harm, possession of firearms without lawful authority and using offensive weapons without legal authority.

He pleaded not guilty to all charges.

Kola, is said to have fired indiscriminately into the crowd at a collation centre in the Ablekuma South Constituency after having a brief discussion with the Member of Parliament of the Constituency, Ebenezer Nii Narh Nartey.

His lawyer, Faisal Cisse, pleaded for bail for his client, arguing that his client is a public officer and not a flight risk, but the Circuit Court judge Emmanuel Essandoh, denied the bail application and adjourned proceedings to Thursday December 24, 2020.

Meanwhile, the Ghana Journalist Association (GJA), has promised to follow the case through to the end.

GJA General Secretary, Kofi Yeboah, who was in court said that the GJA will ensure "we get justice for first and foremost our brother Pius Asiedu and the two other victims who suffered injuries."

There were shooting incidents across the country on Election Day leading to many deaths.

At Odododiodoo two persons lost their lives to gunshots. It includes a 15-year female.

At Techiman South, about four people lost their lives, including a woman and a tipper truck driver.

Videos of the Techiman South shooting incident have since gone viral with the lifeless body of a man lying in a pool of blood after men dressed in Police and military uniform went shooting into the crowd.

Other videos taken from a hospital show some NDC supporters gasping for last breath.