Friday, 19 July

Bagbin orders probe into alleged assault by Immigration officers at Aflao border

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Speaker Bagbin directed the Interior Minister to present a detailed report to Parliament on July 29

The Speaker of Parliament, Alban Bagbin, has ordered an investigation into a video that shows immigration officers assaulting a woman at the Aflao border in the Ketu South Municipality of the Volta Region.

The incident, which has sparked widespread concern, was brought to the floor by the Ketu South Member of Parliament (MP), Abla Dzifa Gomashie, who raised questions about the training protocols and culture at the border facility.

The video allegedly depicts gun-wielding immigration officers physically assaulting an unarmed woman.

 In response, Speaker Bagbin directed the Interior Minister to present a detailed report to Parliament on July 29, 2024.

Emphasising the role of public servants, Speaker Bagbin stated: “I need to emphasise that public servants are servants of the people. We volunteered to serve Ghanaians.”

He further distinguished the roles of public servants and the armed forces, underscoring that the latter are trained to use force as a last resort.

“Public servants are different from the armed forces. The armed forces by the name are armed and they are armed and trained to use force and that is usually the last resort,” the Speaker explained.

Addressing the specific incident, he condemned the use of force by public servants, particularly against women.

 “What is really making it worse is on the side of our ladies, it’s completely uncivilised to use force against a lady. It’s not at all allowed and so I’ll allow the investigations to go on and let’s see what happens,” he stated.

Source: classfmonline.com/Elikem Adiku