The Member of Parliament for Ningo Prampram, Samuel Nartey George, has told the Emile Short Commission his failure to offer help to the man who was wounded during the shooting incident at La Bawaleshie on the day of the Ayawaso West Wuogon by-election, was to protect his life.
Answering a question posed by Professor Henrietta Mensa-Bonsu, on why he failed to assist the man he assumed was dead at the time of the shooting incident, the legislator said he thought of his wife and children and so could not offer any help to the man based on the question he was asked by Double.
The member of the Commission was seeking clarity on the testimony the legislator had shared before it.
When pushed further on why he failed to help the man, he said, the question on whether he knew what a stray bullet was scared him hence his decision to withdraw from assisting the injured man.
He insisted he tried to appeal to the conscience of the leader of the team saying: ’I saw an unarmed Ghanaian citizen attacked and appeared to have been killed; whiles that attack was ongoing, I tried to stop the attack by appealing to the conscience of the leader of the team; I was asked a direct question if I knew what a stray bullet was. My Lord, at that point in time, me intervening physically…It would have been me signing my death warrant.’’
The Professor asked: ”Did you think its kind to this person who was lying down obviously needed help?
And in his response, the MP said: My lord, I thought about my wife and children and my….parents. I also have a family… My instructions were to follow…I was an obedient servant following an armed official…When double turned left, I turned left. And when he turned right, I turned right.
In responding to a question on whether he asked the basis upon which the key was seized and whether he knew about the sought of key seized, the MP said at that time, the only thing that came to mind was to deescalate the situation hence he did not take time to seek for the details about the key.
He explained that he had assumed the man was dead because he was lying motionless. He also assumed the house in which the injured man in a white-shirt lay was where he lived.
The NDC MP said he has found that the man he believed was dead was in fact alive, “thank God” and is a cousin to the deputy NDC National Women’s Organiser.
Double, who he referred to as the Commander of the security operatives did not also know about the key but agreed to go with him for the key.
Professor Henrietta Mensa-Bonsu also put to him he interfered with official duties of the National Security Operatives but Mr George said ‘’My Lord I was trying to diffuse the situation and he [Double] agreed with me. He [Double] agreed that there would be a pull out. So I will not see how I interfered with his operations…’’
Prof: Did you think it’s kind to the man who was lying down motionless, appearing to have died to go past him in search for the mystery key…?
The MP: My lord, I thought about my wife and children and my ….parents. I was an obedient servant following an armed official…When double turned left, I turned left. And when he turned right, I turned right.