NDC Shreds Ejura Committee Report …Accuses Justice Koomson and Antwi-DansoOf Grand Cover-Up   

Sammy Gyamfi, National Communications Officer of the NDC Sammy Gyamfi, National Communications Officer of the NDC

The opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) has fiercely rejected and thrown into dust bin, findings of three-member Ministerial Committee of Inquiry which investigated the circumstances that led to dastardly shootings, injuries and killings of some innocent persons in Ejura in the Ashanti Region; describing the report as grand agenda to cover-up perpetrators of such heinous crime.

According to the party, members of the committee, led by Justice of the Court of Appeal, Justice George Kingsley Koomson as Chairman, Security Analyst, Dr. Vladimir Antwi-Danso, and the Executive Director of Penplusbytes, Juliet Amoah, have done disservice to the families of the deceased and victims who were maimed with life-threatening injuries.

At a press conference in Accra yesterday, and addressed by the National Communication Officer, Sammy Gyamfi said, the report is full of faulty findings, flawed conclusions and deficient recommendations, calculated to shield the murderers of a social activist, as well as the perpetrators of state-sponsored killings by Ghana's military.

"After an objective and painstaking examination of the report, we take the view that the committee's report is a poor attempt at cover-up. The report is full of faulty findings, flawed conclusions and deficient recommendations, calculated to shield from accountability the murderers of a social activist, Ibrahim Muhammed aka "MaachoKaaka" and the perpetrators of the subsequent state-sponsored killings in Ejura by the military."

According to Sammy Gyamfi, consistently, perpetrators of violence have been emboldened by the nonchalance of the Akufo-Addo/Bawumia government; but he however served notice that, those involved in such violence with the support of state security apparatus will not go unpunished, because crime has no expiry date.

"And to those oppressors in this matter, and their collaborators, be reminded that crime has no expiry date, and that the truth cannot be buried, for it will spring forth like a seed in the fullness of time. Thus, those making themselves willing tools of murder and anguish for Ghanaian citizens under the despotic Akufo-Addo/Bawumia regime must remember, that there will be a day of accountability and that day is approaching very fast," he cautioned.

It said the three-member committee failed in its mandate and produced a report that is full of faults and recommendations that will amount to nothing.

Mr Gyamfi, said the party's scrutiny of the report is a clear indication of the government's unwillingness to be accountable to Ghanaians in the aftermath of the unrest that left two people dead and four others injured.

"Nothing could be further from the truth than this claim by the committee, and we in the NDC are appalled by the very laboured, albeit unsuccessful, an attempt by the committee to shield the perpetrators of that heinous crime from liability and punishment. That finding flies in the face of the facts and cannot be accepted by the Ghanaian people, who expected nothing short of the truth from any impartial inquiry worth its salt into the sad events that unfolded at Ejura", Sammy Gyamfi added.

Following the conclusion of the committee's work, it linked the death of the social activist Kaaka, which sparked the unrest in the community, to a family feud and not to his social media activism as had been widely claimed.

But the NDC maintains that it was a deliberate attempt by the committee to achieve the government's rationale of instituting the committee.

It said despite the clear evidence that Kaaka was killed as a result of his social activism, the committee decided to sweep that under the carpet, adding that:

"It does appear that relinking Kaaka from the "Fix the country" conversation was the main reason for the setting up of the Justice Koomson Committee, and that is precisely what they have done. To have ignored the material facts and rather come to such a contrived finding of a family feud easily gives the Justice Koomson Committee out as one with an agenda to twist the facts right from the word go. "

In addition, the NDC stated the failure of the committee to recommend sanctions for the military whose actions incensed the angry youth leading to the chaos is proof the committee did a rather poor job.

Kaaka died on Monday, June 28, 2021, after he was attacked by unknown assailants while returning home from an event he attended in the area.

Earlier reports suggested that Kaaka was killed because of his social activism, which some persons felt was making the government unpopular, but police reports suggest otherwise after three people including his brother were arrested and put before the court over the killing.

The Interior Ministry subsequently constituted a three-member committee chaired by Justice George Kingsley Koomson to probe the issue and make recommendations.

The family of Kaaka has also described as careless the committee's claim that a supposed family feud led to Kaaka's death.

In its ten recommendations, the Ejura committee recommended the removal of the MCE for the area, though he was not nominated to continue in that position.

It also recommended the immediate transfer of the District Police commander of Ejura, DSP Philip Kojo Hammond, over his handling of the situation.

The military establishment was also cited by the committee for the inappropriate use of force, with the committee calling for sanctions.

Source: www.theheraldgh.com