May 17, 2018

Minister of the Interior Ambrose Dery and the Defense Minister, Dominic Nitiwul have been summoned by Speaker of Parliament, Professor Mike Aaron Oquaye to appear before the House on Tuesday to brief the House over the clashes between the military and police in Tamale.

The attack on the police officers occurred after officials of the Domestic Violence and Victims Support Unit (DOVVSU) of the police service arrested a soldier who had brutally assaulted his wife.

In the process of arresting the soldier, his colleagues got wind of the situation and quickly went to his rescue. The soldier was freed by his colleagues in the process.

The angry soldiers then attacked the police officer and other officials who had gone to arrest the soldier.The soldiers subsequently attacked any other police officer they came across in the Tamale metropolis.

The Minority Leader, Haruna Iddrisu drew the House’s attention to the development and noted that the people of Tamale and Ghanaians would need to be assured of security and that these occurrence of clashes between the military and police which is not the first time would not occur again.

He came under order 72 “By the indulgence of the House and the leave of Mr. Speaker a Member may, at the time appointed for statements under Order 53(Order of Business) explain a matter of personal nature or make a statement on a matter of urgent public importance. Any statement other than personal statement may be commented upon by other Members for a limited duration of time not exceeding one hour. The terms of any such proposed statement shall first be submitted to Mr. Speaker”.

Deputy Majority leader Sarah Adowa Safo on her part noted that its disappointing that security personnel who should be protecting Ghanaians would engage themselves in such act and it is appropriate that the sector Ministers come to the House to brief the House on how this issue would be resolved.

By: Kwaku Sakyi-Danso/