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The Ashanti Regional Minister, Simon Osei Mensah has admitted that he ordered the military to intervene in Ejura which led to the killing of two protesters on Tuesday.

The minister said he had received intelligence that the youth had planned to burn down the Ejura Police Station and other residential facilities.

He said as the Head of the Regional Security Council, he had to ensure that the peace of the area was not compromised, hence his order for the military intervention.

“I am the one who called the military to go to Ejura” Mr Osei Mensah told Accra based Peace FM in an interview monitored by Justicefmonline Friday morning.

“I called on the military to protect citizens and properties”, the Minister explained.

On Tuesday, two persons were shot dead, while four others sustained gun injuries when some protesting youth of Ejura Sekyedumase clashed with military and police personnel.

Since the death of the 40-year-old Ibrahim Mohammed, aka Kaaka, the youth say they are willing to sacrifice their lives to get justice for him.

The youth stormed the Police station to inquire about the extent of investigation into the murder of their colleague.

They stressed that they want the Police to leave no stone unturned in bringing the perpetrators to book.

Although the Police told them that two persons have been arrested in connection with the crime, the agitated protestors said it was just a façade.

The action of the security forces has widely been criticised.

The Minister for the Interior, Ambrose Dery has commissioned a three member committee to investigate the circumstances leading to the shooting incident and make recommendations.

The committee is expected to finish its work by the 9th of July.

This comes after President Akufo Addo asked the sector minister to launch a public inquiry into the incident and report back in 10 days time.

Story: Mumuni Yirifa Yunus | Justicefmonline | Tamale


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