Parliament summons Nitiwul, Dery over bloody military-police clash

Speaker of Parliament, Professor Mike Aaron Oquaye, yesterday gave the Ministers of Defence and Interior, Mr Dominic Nitiwul, and Mr. Ambrose Dery, a four-day ultimatum to appear before House.

Prof. Ocquaye’s four-day ultimatum came on the heels of last Wednesday’s clash between the military and the police in Tamale, Northern Region, which resulted in some injuries.

The directive follows a joint advocacy by both the majority and minority members to get the ministers to brief the House on the violent attack that injured eight police officers in Tamale.

Giving his ruling after contributions by both sides of the house, the speaker stated: “The Honourable Ministers for Defence and Interior should appear before this honourable House next Tuesday, 22nd May, 2018 to address the Committee of the Whole on these developments and measures being taken to arrest and prevent same from ever occurring.”

Prior to the speaker’s directives, the Minority Leader and Member of Parliament for Tamale South Constituency in the Northern Region, Mr Haruna Iddrisu, raising the matter on the floor, explained that the unfortunate clash between the two state security agencies had huge implications for the security of Tamale and the nation as a whole.

“I want to crave your indulgence, Mr Speaker, that there is some ongoing insecurity in Tamale and for that matter in Ghana arising from the insistent violent attacks between members of the military, the armed forces and the Ghana Police Service. Security remains a primary and secondary need for the peace and stability of the country. We have concerns about those reprisals.

“…Indeed, Mr Speaker, the first of it kind happened on March 26, 2018 in Tamale around the Agricultural Development Bank road. Mr Speaker, I am inviting you, so the Minister for Defence and the Minister for Interior will be obliged to come before this house and assure the public that we are safe and secure and in particular the people of Tamale have no reason to live in fear and panic,” the Tamale North lawmaker added.

 

Story: Franklin ASARE-DONKOH

Writer’s email: franklin.asare-donkoh@todaygh.com

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