Sunday, 14 July

Wa: Parliament summons Interior Minister over killing of private security officers

General News
Henry Quartey, Interior Minister

The Second Deputy Speaker of Parliament, Mr. Andrew Asiamah Amoako, has summoned the Interior Minister, Mr Henry Quartey, to appear before the House on Wednesday, June 26, 2024. The minister is expected to brief lawmakers on the recent spate of killings of private security officers across the country.

This summons follows the tragic killing of two private security men at their duty posts in separate incidents at the Wa East office of the Ghana Education Service and the Wa Model Junior High School.

Members of Parliament for Bole-Bamboi and Wa Central, Yusif Sulemana and Dr. Rashid Pelpuo respectively, have voiced their concerns and frustrations over the slow progress of investigations and the urgent need for more decisive action to address the escalating violence.

Mr. Sulemana stated, “The Minister of Interior last week deployed personnel to Bole to help curb this situation. 

However, I believe that much more needs to be done to prevent these attacks. 

The perpetrators are specifically targeting watchmen, often attacking them while they are on duty with fatal blows to the head.”

He further highlighted, “Within this short period, three people have been killed. 

Even before these recent incidents, there were serial killings affecting various individuals.

 This is a critical matter, and I urge the Interior Minister to come to the House and provide a detailed update and assurance to the affected communities.”

Dr. Pelpuo echoed similar sentiments, noting, “Last year, nearly nine people were killed in Wa Central under similar circumstances. 

These victims were unsuspecting individuals going about their work, only to be murdered. Despite police investigations since last year, we have yet to see substantial results, and the killings have resumed, affecting areas like Bole and Wa once again.”

He added, “The police must intensify their efforts and conduct thorough investigations.

 We are deeply concerned about the loss of lives and the apparent lack of progress in solving these crimes. 

We call on the police to be more proactive, and we expect the Interior Minister to come here and report on the measures being taken to address this dire situation.”

Both MPs have called for the Interior Minister to provide a comprehensive briefing on the situation and the steps being taken to protect private security officers and the general public.

In response, the Second Deputy Speaker directed that the Interior Minister appear before Parliament next Wednesday to deliver the necessary briefing and provide assurances to the communities affected by these tragic events.

“Table, kindly inform the Minister to brief the House next Wednesday. That is my ruling,” stated Mr Andrew Asiamah Amoako.

Source: Mensah