By Benjamin Adamafio Commey/Emmanuel Todd,
Accra, Jan. 31, GNA – John Dramani Mahama,
the Flagbearer of the National Democratic Congress (NDC), has called on the
Ghana Police Service to make the security of the citizenry paramount in the
discharge of their duties.
Speaking at the first anniversary ceremony
to mark the Ayawaso-West Wuogon by-election violence in Accra on Friday, the
Former President said he was saddened by a statement that was making the rounds
not to provide them security and urged the service and other security agencies
to uphold the tenets of the constitution and remain neutral and non-partisan in
the discharge of their mandates.
“Our police officers must remember that
their dedication and uty is to the state and the constitution and everything
that they do, must remain neutral and non-partisan,” he said.
The event, organised by the NDC in
collaboration with the Coalition of Civil Society Organisations against
Political Vigilantism, was aimed at commemorating the shooting incidence, which
saw six people injured and marred the Ayawaso West Wuogon by-election on 31st
Touching on the incident, Mr Mahama said the
party showed leadership by withdrawing its candidate from the contest.
He said events of that fateful day should
give any Ghanaian who professed peace a cause to worry, especially heading into
the 2020 general election and urged the citizens to therefore work to defend
the constitution and the sovereignty of the country.
The former President also assured victims of
the by-election violence of his next government’ support, adding that he would
ensure that justice was served if elected in the upcoming elections.
“While we are all witnesses to that sordid
history, we must know that it is those who have been physically maimed and
injured and others who have been mentally scarred from the experience with
their families and loved ones who bare and relive the memory and pain of that
event each and every day of their lives”, he said.
Mr Samuel Ofosu Ampofo, the National
Chairman of the NDC, said there was a need for on all political parties to have
a holistic discussion on vigilantism to ensure that the canker was nip in the
bud and to bolster peace before, during and after the elections.
He however expressed concern over lack of
government’s support for the victims of the incident.
“……sadly enough, ever since this incident
took place and people got injured with some hospitalised for almost one year,
no government official has taken interest in the plight of the injured ones,”
Mr Adam Bona, a Security Analyst urged the
government to consider restructuring the National Security and disband it in
According to him, the service outlived its
usefulness and required total overhauling if it was to effectively deliver on
He also urged government to honour the Emile
Short’s Recommendations, especially compensate victims of the incidence in
order to bring relief to them.
Speaking on behalf of the victims, Ishawu
Yaro commended the former President and the NDC for their continuous support
towards victims and their families.