Speaker summons Defence, Interior Ministers over Tamale clashes

The Speaker of Parliament has given the Minister of Defence and Interior four days to appear before the house over Wednesday’s altercation between the Military and the Police in Tamale.

The summons follows joint advocacy by the Minority and the Majority to get the Ministers in question to brief Parliament over the violence that injured eight police officers in Tamale.

The Minority Leader, Haruna Iddrisu in raising the matter indicated that the clashes had many implications for the security of Tamale and the nation at large.

“I do want to indulge you, Mr Speaker, that there is some ongoing insecurity in Tamale and for that matter in Ghana arising from the insistent, violent attacks between members of the military, the armed forces and the Ghana Police Service. Security remains a primary and secondary need for the peace and stability of the country. We have concerns about those reprisals.

“Indeed Mr Speaker, a first of it happened on March 26 in Tamale around the Agric Development Bank road. Mr Speaker, I am inviting you, so the Minister for Defence and the Minister for Interior will be obliged to come before this house and assure the public that we are safe and secure and in particular the people of Tamale have no reason to live in fear and panic.”

In responding to Mr. Iddrisu’s request, Prof. Mike Oquaye issued a directive for the Ministers to appear next Tuesday, saying “The honourable Minister for Defence and Minister for Interior should appear before this honourable house next Tuesday and address the house on these developments and measures being taken to arrest and prevent same from ever occurring.”

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