The Minority in Parliament has lambasted the Ghana Armed Forces (GAF) for the burning of some vehicles and equipment in the Northern region by some personnel of the security service.
Chairman of the NDC Northern Region Caucus, Inusah Fuseini, who is the MP for Tamalae Central, described the action by the military detachment as ‘’brutish and callous’’.
According to the statement signed by the legislator, the military personnel pounced on some sand winners, assaulted, seized their vehicles and other equipment and later set them ablaze.
Mr. Fuseini indicated that, although the activities by the winners were unlawful, the action by the military was irresponsible.
He called for a full scale investigation into the matter.
Read the full statement below
MINORITY CONDEMNS MILITARY OPERATIONS IN KUMBUNGU DISTRICT
The Minority Caucus of the Northern Region condemns in the strongest of terms the brutish and callous manner in which a detachment of the military under the directions of the Regional Security Council, seized and burnt fourteen (14) tipper trucks, an excavator and several motorbikes in the Afa Yile community of the Dalun electoral area in the Kumbungu District.
Indeed, it came to the attention of the Minority Caucus in parliament that on Saturday March 3, 2018, at about 11:am, a group of drivers while winning sand at a place determined for them by the Northern Region Security Council, were pounced upon by a contingent of military personnel ostensibly to arrest them.
While not condoning any activity that adversely impacts the environment and compromises the ability of the Ghana Water Company to continue to deliver portable water to consumers within its catchment area, the Minority Caucus is at a loss, at the justification for adopting instant justice to deal with alleged perpetrators of illegal sand winning without recourse to the law courts.
The threats to our natural resources is something that must be of concern to all well-meaning Ghanaians, but that obviously should not give anybody the impudence to act with impunity .
It is important to state that, the state in all its constitution has a duty to protect lives and property of its citizens. The protection of property is more acute and demanding in the Northern Region, considering that the region is one of the poorest regions of the country.
We are by this statement calling for a full scale investigation into the operation and the circumstances leading to the assault on the persons who were in charge of the vehicles at the time, the burning down of those vehicles and equipments, and the alleged confiscation of monies belonging to those who were brutalized.
We further demand the immediate resignation of the Minister for Defense, who has sought to justify the dastardly act of the military; the resignation of the Northern Regional Minister who we understand, as head of the Regional Security Council, gave orders for the perpetration of this heinous act; the resignation of the DCE for Kumbungu, who was aloof while these acts of violence were committed against his own people.
We further call for compensation to be paid to those who have lost property and those who suffered personal injuries as a result of this illegal, unwarranted and uncalled for operation.
Signed: Alhaji Inusah Fuseini, MP for Tamale Central and Chairman of the NDC Northern Region Caucus, Parliament.