Police officers can use lethal force when protestors are armed – IGP

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The Inspector-General of Police James Oppong-Boanuh has said cops reserve the privilege to utilize deadly power in the event that they feel their lives are under danger.

The IGP told the Public Accounts Committee of Parliament on Wednesday that circumstances on the grounds decide the reaction of the security offices anytime.

“Good Chair, you and I realize that in liquid circumstances, there are no firm guidelines when the existences of the Police officials are compromised, that they should go through every one of these. In this way, contingent upon the idea of the circumstance you are managing, then, at that point you can go through every one of these,” he said.

He added: “Let me add that assuming you are managing unarmed demonstrators, you won’t go for live love, yet when you see someone in the group holding a weapon which is fit for being utilized to kill or harm a Police official, our laws license us to utilize deadly power to dispense with that danger to the officials working. In this way, it relies upon the circumstance you are managing,” he said

The IGP’s remark returns on the of the killing of two individuals by security officials at Ejura in the Ashanti district during a dissent by the young people of the local area on Tuesday. The officials had gone to reestablish quiet as the adolescent were fighting the homicide of a dissident Ibrahim Kaaka.

In the mean time, government has denounced the occurrence requesting a test.

Tending to writers in Accra on Wednesday, June 30, 2021, Minister for Information Kojo Oppong Nkrumah approached the security organizations to quickly convey examinations on the matter.

The Minister said: “our security organizations ought to be speedy and clinical in making quick work of this and other unsettled comes. While we comprehend that police examinations now and then take some time, it doesn’t ingrain trust in the populace if such demonstrations go unsettled and unpunished. So the police need to make quick work of this, and equity should be finished.

A sound examination additionally should be led into the group revolting and swarm control episodes of 29th June. This will carry clearness to the succession of occasions and guarantee that if any people acted improperly, those people are rebuffed,” he added.

Saaka, 45, was supposedly assaulted by some obscure individuals in Ejura last Friday. He kicked the bucket on Monday evening, June 28, 2021 at the Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital (KATH) in Kumasi where he was getting treatment.