It’s wrong to kill before an arrest – Dr Pelpuo justifies parliament’s call for private investigation

Wa Central MP, Dr Rashid Pelpuo has condemned police operations that led to the death of persons suspected to be landguards at Bortianor.

Speaking on Newsfile on JoyNews he said, “we detest any situation where the police rather than directly arresting people will kill them even before they are investigated, it is something that parliament is thoroughly against and we will always call for further investigations.”

When asked which other alternative should have been adopted because police accounts say they were met with firepower, he said that it was part reason they [parliament] had called for investigations to ascertain the authenticity of police claims.

Dr Pelpuo who is also the President of the African Parliamentarians Forum on Population and Development added that it was time for the Inspector General of Police to “mount policemen who are going on operations with camera’s so when they are operating they should demonstrate that.”

He stressed that the incident was of interest to parliament hence the body would go the extra mile to find answers.

Also on the same show, Abuakwa South legislator, Samuel Atta Akyea, says Parliament is right to call for an independent investigation into the police’s killing of five individuals suspected to be landguards at Bortianor.

Calls for independent probe in the right direction – Atta Akyea on police killing of suspected Bortianor landguards

According to him, the security service has the requisite skills and training to carry out operations and investigations without inflicting harm or pain on civilians.

For this reason, the police’s justification for the killing is unsatisfactory and must be investigated.

On June 8, the police shot five suspects during an anti-robbery and anti-land guard operation at Bortianor, Accra.

Four days after the shootout, the police in a press release justified the action on the bases that the individuals had been terrorising residents and landowners in Bortianor and nearby communities.

However, members of the community say the police reports are false.

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