Sam George, MP for Ningo-Prampram, condemned the unrest at Kumasi’s Islamic Senior High School, where students were protesting for speed ramps and bridges to protect them from being killed by speeding cars.
“It’s brutal and unethical for police to use severe force as a first option,” he said.
He claimed that the Ghana Police Service, which is led by Dr. George Akuffo Dampare, is sick and needs to be healed.
Following the incident, DCOP Kwasi Akomeah Apraku was fired by the Police Administration.
Following a police investigation into the Islamic SHS incident, two additional senior officers were arrested.
In a statement, the Police said, “The Police handling of the event was unacceptable and fell short of our usual operating procedure on crowd management.”
Officers’ approach to the student rally, according to a police statement, lacked professional crowd control.
When police deployed pepper spray and warning bullets to disperse the protesting students, 20 kids were hospitalized.
The injured students and police personnel have been released.
IGP Dr. George Akuffo Dampare has assured students at Kumasi’s Islamic Senior High School that his organization will protect them.
“Each of you has a special job to play that no one else can. We have a responsibility to ensure your safety and maximum potential in order for you to accomplish your God-given destiny for this generation and future generations.
“Anything that takes you out of this world before you fulfill your destiny is unholy, and we’ll do everything we can to avoid that,” Dr. Dampare assured the students.
The seeming resort to extreme force by the @GhPoliceService as a first resort is not only barbaric and unprofessional but deeply troubling and a source of worry. How do you discharge live ammunition on unarmed students? Clearly our Police Service is sick and need healing. 🦁🇬🇭 pic.twitter.com/yT8UmYr3O1
— Sam 'Dzata' George (@samgeorgegh) June 14, 2022