Friday, 21 February

Give us police security now – MPs demand

Ghana's Parliament

Members of Parliament from either side of the aisle are demanding police protection for each and every one of them following a recent assassination attempt on their colleague lawmaker for the Nhyiaeso Constituency, Kennedy Kankam in the Ashanti Region.

At their sitting on Wednesday, 6 October 2019, Majority Leader Osei Kyei-Mensah-Bonsu said: “Mr Speaker, this [attack on the Nhyiaeso MP] should bring us back to the prime concern that we have often expressed in this chamber about the security of Members of Parliament”, suggesting: “I think going forward, the country should make a determined effort – and we must be very decisive about this because we cannot continue to imperil the lives of Members of Parliament – [to take a decision]. I think the time has come for the state to take a decision”.

Also, on the floor of the house, the MP for Asawase, who is also the Minority Chief Whip wondered why the other arms of government have police security except for lawmakers.

The Ashanti regional police command began investigations into the armed robbery attack on Mr Kankam and his family a few days ago.

According to the police, the MP and his family were attacked at their residence by three armed men on Sunday, 3 November 2019.

The MP, the police noted, said the suspects told him they had been hired to assassinate him.

The armed men made away with an unspecified amount of money, a laptop, mobile phones, television sets, and a Toyota Land Cruiser vehicle.

The Public Relations Officer of the command, ASP Godwin Ahianyo told Kumasi FM's Elisha Adarkwah that the vehicle has been retrieved. It was abandoned at Kwadaso Dwenase.

He said investigations have commenced into the attack, adding that the police has picked some information that would lead to some arrests soon.

ASP Ahianyo appealed to the general public to give the police reliable information that will lead to the arrest of the suspects.