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Investigate military invasion of Parliament – Tamale Central MP to Parliament

BY: Zadok Kwame Gyesi

The National Democratic Congress’ (NDC) Member of Parliament for Tamale Central constituency, Ibrahim Mohammed Murtala, has called on the parliamentary leadership to properly investigate the military invasion of Ghana’s parliament during the election of a Speaker for the house in the early hours of Thursday, January 7, 2021.

He said it was unnecessary that armed military personnel invaded the parliamentary chamber since parliament has its own security to handle matters in that respect.

The Tamale Central MP was speaking to Accra-based Joynews in an interview at the Parliament house in Accra on Thursday, January 7, 2021.

He alleged that it was the Defence Minister Dominic Nitiwul who called the military to the Parliamentary chamber, pointing out that he (Murtala) confronted him when he was making the call.

He said he (Murtala) and three others saw Mr Nitiwul call for the military during the misunderstanding that ensued between the NDC and NPP MPs at the floor of parliament.

“The sanctity of this house must be protected,” Mr Murtala Ibrahim said, adding that the invasion of the armed military of the parliament house “it’s an affront on our democracy.”

For him, the need for investigation will help to prevent similar situation in the future, explaining that if it was not checked, anybody could invite any group of persons with arms into the chamber in the future.

For the Tamale Central MP, the military invasion of the parliamentary chamber was “completely unacceptable, and insulting to the sanctity of this house and I think we need to condemn this and demand proper investigation.”

Mr Murtala Ibrahim also condemned the Tema West MP Carlos Ahenkro for snatching a ballot paper during the election of a Speaker for the house.