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AWW Commission Report: Don’t use masked or hooded men for civilian policing

The government has released the report together with a whitepaper

The Ayawaso West Wuogon Commission set up by the president to make a full, faithful and impartial inquiry into the circumstances of, and establish the facts leading to the events and associated violence during the Ayawaso West Wuogon by-election held on January 31, 2019, has submitted its report to the government.

According to Hon. Kojo Oppong Nkrumah, the Government has submitted for gazetting and publication, the report and white paper on the Ayawaso West Wuogon Commission of Inquiry.

“After a careful study, Government has issued a white paper together with the report itself, has elected to publish in accordance with the Constitution” the Minister indicated.

The Commission of Inquiry on March 14th, 2019 submitted its report to the President.

Some of the key recommendations of the report are targeted at the national security setup. “It is recommended that as a matter of urgency, the police and national security establishment develop protocols for the assessment and rating of intelligence received; and subsequent deployment of missions, if any.”

The Commission also recommended, “that no masked or hooded men should be used for civilian policing, especially in electoral policing or the execution of intelligence contingent on, or connected with, any ongoing elections in Ghana.”

The government whitepaper on the report, however, has rejected aspects of the report calling for the prosecution of some of the national security operatives involved.

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