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Call for Justice and Fairness


2005-05-17 12:22:10
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A concerned citizen takes the police and government on for the "lack of commitment to and delay in apprehending perpetrators of the December 7 2004 gruesome murders at Gbulun and Jakpahi near Tamale
On Election Day, December 7 2004, political deaths were reported in parts of Dagbon. One of the victims was one Alhaji Issah Molbila whose death in military custody made all the headlines. Three other people were killed in even more painful circumstances.

Whereas Molbila's case received all attention, the other three victims of political violence are still waiting for the police to start investigations into their deaths. Is it an attempt at a cover up or simply a matter of disinterest? The following petition was copied to ADM earlier in the week.

We give it pride of place on our front page in view of its public interest value.

I write as a concerned citizen to draw attention to the seeming inaction or the flippant posture on the part of the Ghana Police Service in particular and the government in general in unearthing those behind the barbaric and gruesome murders of Messer Abu Hanifa Basha, Afa Amadu a.k.a Iran-Iraq and Yakubu Napari, Jakpahi NPP Ward Chairman, on 7th December 2004 as was swiftly done in the case of Issah Mobila.

It must be stressed in no uncertain terms that the plot, machinations and the modus operandi of the execution of those dastardly acts had been premeditated in Tamale by suspected card bearers of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) with alleged support from the late Issah Mobila.

It would be recalled that these three young and energetic sympathizers of the ruling NPP were part of a monitoring team dispatched to observe the December 7 general elections at Gbulung and Jakpahi, both villages under Tamale.

Unfortunately however these patriotic citizens were brutally attacked, murdered and one of the bodies even set ablaze.

The murders are alleged to have received the blessings of the Gbulung chief. I am indeed appalled and monumentally shocked that none of the suspected perpetrators of these heinous crimes has been apprehended by the security agencies particularly the police who in the case of Issah Mobila were able to go to the bottom of the matter with dispatch.

What baffles me the most is the swift response they gave to the death of Issah Mobila to the apparent neglect, lack of commitment in terms of investigations into the deaths which occurred two clear days before that of Mobila.

Let it be made clear to the Inspector General of Police (IGP) and the government that "What is good for the goose is equally good for the gander". Therefore, let the same swiftness characterize your investigations into the death of the three in order not to appear partial in the eyes of the bereaved families in particular and the general populace at large.

The nagging questions bothering my mind are:

. Is Issah Mobila more important than the three murdered?

. In the context of law, is the proverbial principle of first-come-first-served anything to go by? If yes, why were the murders of December 7 2004 not given much prominence but rather relegated to the background?

. Do I get the impression that the murder of the three would have to be over-dramatized at the floor of parliament before any attention would be given to it?

At this juncture, I wish to draw your attention to the words of Martin Luther King Jnr.: "A small injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere".

It is only by showing keen interest in and acting swiftly to bring justice to the bereaved families that their pent-up anger, venom, frustration and desperation would be soothed, and confidence restored.

The families of the deceased have all this while remained civil and decorous in the hope that justice would be done them.

Sweeping the issues of the murdered three under the carpet or failing to expedite action in terms of investigations will only exacerbate the situation.

This is but a clarion and wake-up call for both the IGP and the government to delve into the issue with the swiftness and promptness it deserves.

The time to act is now.

by ABUKARI MOHAMMED

source: accra- mail

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