The Foundation for Security and Development in Africa (FOSDA) outrightly condemns the brutal killing of two (2) young men; Murtala Mohammed, 25 and Abdul Nasir Yussif 25, in Ejura in the Ashanti Region, who met their untimely death during a demonstration to demand justice over the murder of Ibrahim Mohammed, alias KAAKA, a social activist.
The reported conduct of the Security forces leading to the death of the two young men is highly unprofessional and breaches National and International Laws, Conventions and Protocols on Policing and Crowd Management.
We find it unacceptable and illogical that unarmed protesters will be fired at with live ammunition. The situation questions the kind of training and discipline the security forces are taken through and the resultant products.
It is crucial that such wrong against humanity is thoroughly investigated and punitive measures taken against all those found guilty.
FOSDA is calling on the three-member Committee of Inquiry, led by Justice of the Court of Appeal, Justice George Kingsley Koomson, to work independently and transparently to get to the root of the matter.
We also call on the President of the Republic and Government to ensure that the report of the Committee of Inquiry is treated with all the seriousness it deserves to ensure that Justice is served to all victims of this unfortunate event and needed reforms carried out.
The Foundation is urging all to take cue and lessons from the Nigerian SARS and other violent protests and refrain from activities and actions that can escalate the unrest in the community and the Nation as a whole.
As a Foundation we call on Citizens to support the work of the 3-member committee to unravel the causes and find lasting solutions to these killings and disturbances. It is our wish
that the outcome of the committee’s work be treated with utmost urgency to bring finality to this unrest.
Again, our Security and Governance architecture must learn to tolerate the fundamental human rights of these protestants.
We once again, express our deepest sympathy to the families of the deceased and wish those who have sustained gun wounds speedy recovery.
Theodora W. Anti
Contact No. 0205336268