Former Chief of the Defence Staff of the Ghana Armed Forces, Brigadier-General Joseph Nunoo-Mensah (Rtd) has pleaded with the government to put to use the report that will emanate from the committee to work on the public inquiry into the Ejura killings as ordered by President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo.
He lamented that over the years there have been several reports and recommendations coming from various commissions of inquiries; however, nothing has come out of such reports.
‘’What informs us that this time the government will deal with the recommendations that will arise from the Ejura inquiry ‘’ he quizzed.
Brigadier Nunoo-Mensah made this statement on Freedom Radio’s ‘’Yen Man’’ show hosted by Kwaku Aboagye Apenteng.
He then pleaded with the President, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, not to play with the reports that will originate from this current Ejura issue, stating that ‘’Where Ghana is going if we don’t take care what will happen will be devastating, because the youth have many problems, they are under a lot of pressure, they don’t have jobs’’.
He proposed that what the country needed now was a proper independent commission of inquiry that can ascertain proper facts of what happened and what needs to be done going forward.
He encouraged people who can contribute outside the government to get involved, so that their views would be sought on the way forward to help maintain and restore peace in the country.
Reacting to the incident that ensued in Ejura, Brigadier Nunoo-Mensah indicated that it was a combination of mistakes because the military had no business to be there with the police.
‘’The military is not taught how to disperse crowds, you need techniques, patience, understanding, it is the duty of the Police, so we should not use the military when dealing with crowds’’ he stated.
He indicated that the military is trained to kill so their presence there with the police was wrong, they should have been invited when the situation was getting out of hand, because ‘’When the military is invited they don’t shoot in the air, they shoot to kill’’.