Ejura report: Transfer police commander; compensate deceased families, says committee

The ministerial committee which investigated the Ejura disturbances in June has recommended for the transfer of the police chief in the area, DSP Philip Kojo Hammond.

The civil unrest in Ejura erupted when a social activist, Ibrahim Mohammed “Kaaka”, 45, was attacked by unknown people on 27 June.

He died on Monday (28 June) at the Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital in Kumasi, where he was receiving treatment. Security personnel then fired into an angry crowd of young protesters in the town after the funeral of “Kaaka” on 29 June, killing Abdul Nasiw and Muntala Mohammed.

The three-member committee which investigated the issue in their report released on Monday (27 September), said: “The committee recommends the immediate transfer of the District Police Commander of Ejura, DSP Philip Kojo Hammond, first for his incompetence in handling the situation and for the fact that, his relationship with the community seems to have been damaged beyond repair.”

It added: “We further recommend the structural expansion of the Ejura Police Station and an increase in personnel.”

The committee also recommended for “adequate compensation for the families of the two deceased persons, namely Abdul Nasir Yusif and Murtala Suraj Mohammed. Adequate compensation must also be paid to other injured persons, namely Louis Ayikpa (20 years), Awal Misbau (16 years) and Nasif Nuhu (30 years).

Below is the full report of the committee:

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