Interior and Defence Ministers assure Parliament of peace
The Honourable Defence Minister, Mr. Dominic Nitiwul and the Honourable Interior Minister, Mr. Ambrose Dery have assured Parliament that there is peaceful coexistence between personnel of the Ghana Armed Force and those of the Ghana Police Service despite recent clashes between them in the Northern Region.
The two ministers, in their signed statement presented on the floor of Parliament indicated that full operational cooperation and collaboration had been restored in Tamale and the entire Northern Region.
The ministers again said that there was a joint durbar with the rank and file of the Armed Forces and the Police Service in Tamale and the two institutions agreed to fully implement existing guidelines regarding the handling of personnel on disciplinary issues and breaches of the law.
In continuation, they reiterated that preliminary investigations have been carried out as a prelude to a five member committee, composed from the two institutions and the Attorney General’s Department, to conduct detailed investigations and recommend any further interventions beyond existing guidelines or protocols.
To restore confidence in the security service, the ministers stated that any person found culpable after the investigations will be dealt with according to the law.
Following the briefing of the ministers, the Minority Leader who is also the Honourable Member of Parliament for Tamale South, Mr. Haruna Iddrisu put before the House that there is indeed a peaceful coexistence between the Police and the Military when he visited Tamale over the weekend.
He informed the ministers that they should avoid the recurrence of such situation because it may undermine the security of the nation.
The Honourable Deputy Majority Leader and Member of Parliament for Dome-Kwabenya, Ms. Adwoa Safo also stated that the two ministers should ensure the protection of citizens and avoid any further tension between the Police and the Military.
The Speaker in his closing remarks commended the two ministers for ensuring peace in the Northern Region and encouraged them to have the nation at heart when it comes to the protection of citizens.