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Anta`s Attack on Police is Very Unfortunate

2008-06-18 22:51:38
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Mohammed Amin
The Member of Parliament (MP) for the Tamale Central Constituency, Inusah Fuseini, has censured the Tamale Metropolitan Chief Executive (MCE), Mohammed Amin-Anta, for his recent attack on the police in Tamale.

The Tamale MCE descended heavily on the Northern Regional Police Administration, led by COP Ephram Oko Brakatu, for allegedly "not being responsive" to issues that threatened peace and security in the metropolis.

Mr. Amin-Anta vehemently blamed the high escalation of the May 10th bloody clashes, between some supporters of the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC), and the ruling New Patriotic Party (NPP), at Changli, in the Tamale Central Constituency, on the failure of the police to respond to his call, for immediate security assistance.

He alleged that it took the police over two and a half hours, to respond to his call for security intervention during the clashes, which he said explained the lackadaisical manner at which the northern regional police operated.

However, Inusah told The Chronicle, in an interview in Tamale, that Mr. Amin-Anta's comment had the potential, to further reduce the trust and confidence the residents of the metropolis had in the police.

Already, the police in Tamale, in the cause of discharging their legitimate duties, have consistently encountered stiff opposition and high resistance, from the residents of Tamale.

There have been several instances, where some police officers have been attacked, and prevented from executing their duties.

The MP had visited the Changli community, and other parts of his constituency, to assess the situation.

He also visited some of the people, alleged to have been brutalized by the military, and sympathized with them.

At the time of his visit, most of the victims were still receiving treatment at the various health centres in the metropolis.

From the community, Inusah Fuseini also visited the Northern Regional, and Tamale Metro Police Commanders, COP Ephram Oko Brakatu and DSP Foli Washington respectively, for an official report on the incident.

Though the Regional Commander denied this reporter the opportunity to enter his office with the MP and his entourage, the Metro Commander, DSP Washington willingly welcomed our reporter.

He told the Tamale Central MP that the police were in full control of the situation for over one and a half hours, before the military team appeared.

DSP Washington, who also expressed displeasure about the "harsh comment" from the Tamale MCE, maintained that there was no need for military assistance whatsoever.

According to him, at the time the soldiers got to the scene, the police were in the process of persuading the feuding groups to go back to their homes.

"Others were even assisting us to identifying the worst hit spots."


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