June 1, 2021

The third Deputy Speaker of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) Parliament, Memounatou Ibrahima has given assurance that the issue of assault on Marciano Indi, a lawmaker from Guinea Bissau, would be addressed, and a decision a taken.

Guinea Bissau’s leader of delegation, Califa Seidi raised the issue at the ECOWAS Parliament Secretariate but there was no condemnation of the situation by the Parliament.

He further pointed out that he hopes pressure would be brought to bear so that there would be protection of citizens and lawmakers.

Meanwhile, in a related development, MPs in the ECOWAS parliament contributing to the report presented on Niger and Benin said both countries should allow demonstration as part of the democratic practice.

Egoh Oghene, a lawmaker from Nigeria made a strong case on this at the plenary, saying; “where people demonstrate and their rights not protected is not good, police should be out there protecting people”.

Kwaku Sakyi-Danso/Ghanamps.com