The Defence and Interior Committee of Parliament has been directed to probe the brutalities meted out to some residents of Wa in the Upper West Region by the military.
The directive was given by the First Deputy Speaker, Joe Osei Owusu, who chaired proceedings on Friday, July 2, 2021, following a request by the Minority Leader, Haruna Iddrisu.
He asked the committee to report to the House within four weeks.
Before the directive, the Defence Minister, Dominic Nitiwul condemned the act by the military and outlined steps to deal with the matter he described as an isolated incident.
“It is simply not the military culture to move to town and molest people… For that to have happened, I still can’t understand,” he said.
Whilst noting that the military was instituting its own probe, Mr. Nituwul acknowledged the need for further transparency.
“If we sweep matters under the carpet, it can create a bigger problem for us so Mr. Speaker, I don’t have a problem if we decide to do that, but we have already instituted these kinds of measures.”
On the victims of the brutality, Mr. Nitiwul said, “we have identified the people who have been hurt, and we will take care of them as well.”