Government extends working timeline of Ejura committee by a week

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The government, through the Minister for the Interior has extended the working period of the committee probing the Ejura disturbances by one week.

This follows a request by the 3-member Justice Koomson Committee of Inquiry into Ejura Incidents to be given more time finish its work.

The committee was expected to conclude its work on Friday, July 9, 2021 but it indicated on Thursday [July 8, 2021] said there are more testimonies to be taken, which makes an extension critical.

“Considering the testimonies yet to be taken, the committee is requesting for an extension of the deadline to complete its work by Friday, the 16th day of July 2021” a statement from the committee noted.

The Interior Minister said in its response to the request by the committee that “Your request for the extension of the working period from Friday 9th July, 2021 to Friday 16th July, 2021 is hereby approved.”

The Committee has so far taken testimonies from about 10 witnesses including journalists, police and military officers as well as political appointees in the jurisdiction of the incident.

Meanwhile, the family of the deceased social activist who were expected to appear before the Committee on Friday, July 10, 2021, has served notice they will not appear due to their doubts about the outcome of the committee’s work based on their performance so far.

Background

The President’s directive for the setting up of the committee followed the killing of two people and the injuring of four others by soldiers during a protest against the killing of a social activist, Ibrahim Muhammed.

The deceased, alias Macho Kaaka, died on Monday, June 28, 2021, after he was attacked by a mob while returning home on his motorbike on Sunday at Ejura.

He’s alleged to have been killed because of his social activism, which some persons felt was making the government unpopular.

The 45-year-old was noted to be vocal on both local and national issues using his Facebook page.

His family says he had faced threats over his activism prior to the attack.

He was rushed to the Ejura Government Hospital and later referred to the Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital, where he died at midday on June 28.

Police in the Ashanti Region have since arrested three persons in connection with his death and put them before the court.

Ibrahim Muhammed was buried on Tuesday, June 29, 2021, alongside the two others who died in the protest.

Meanwhile, one of the four injured persons, a sixteen-year-old boy, has had one of his legs amputated at the Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital.

 

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