Committee tasked to find and punish police attackers in Tamale

BY: Samuel Duodu & Suwieba Yakubu

The security agencies have set up a committee to investigate the circumstances surrounding Wednesday’s military attack on police officers in Tamale.

Eight police officers were injured during the attack.

The investigative committee made up of personnel from the Defence and Interior ministries is to find and bring the perpetrators of the attack to book.

This, is to help serve as a deterrent to others and also forestall a future occurrence of a similar incident which is a potential threat to national security.

Making this known at a durbar at the Bawa Barracks in Tamale on Thursday, the Northern Regional Minister, Mr Salifu Saeed who also chairs the Regional Security Council (RESGEC) said “those who would be found culpable will not be spared irrespective of their rank or position.”

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The durbar at the military base was attended by personnel from the Defence and Interior ministries, the police and military.

The Regional Minister gave a 24-hour ultimatum to the commanders of the various units to immediately get their troops together to march through the principal streets of Tamale help restore the confidence of the public in the two security agencies.

Also present at the durbar was a high-powered delegation from both the military and police commands at the national level and representatives from the Ministry of the Interior and Defence.

In the picture above is Air Commodore Alfred Augustine Appiah represented the Chief of Defence Staff whilst two Commissioners of Police (COP), Messrs Prosper Agblor and Nathan Kofi Boakye represented the Inspector General of Police (IGP).

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This is a video of the military and police smoking the peace pipe in Tamale on Thursday at the durbar. 

The Northern Regional Minister, Mr Saeed condemned the incident and described it as unacceptable and unfortunate.

He said institutions that are supposed to work together to ensure peace, law and order are rather creating tension and panic in the region and noted that the act was as a result of command failure on the part of both the military and the police and that REGSEC would not sit aloof for such a thing to happen again.

Later, a parade was held at the Jubilee Park comprising of the military and the police to demonstrate to the public that the two institutions were ready to work together and also to assure members of the public that they can go about their daily activities without fear or panic.