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NPP condemns Police brutalities on failed law students demo; calls for probe

The New Patriotic Party (NPP) has condemned Police brutalities that were meted out to persons protesting on the streets of Accra against the mass failures in the recent entrance exams to the Ghana Law School.

In the view of the NPP, the apparent excessive use of force by personnel of the Ghana Police Service against the demonstrators who were harmless and non-violent was wrong, thereby, calling on the Police hierarchy to investigate the incident and bring persons who were found to have acted unprofessionally to justice to forestall future occurrence.

“While we accept the position of the Police that the demonstrators may have strayed outside the law, and were disrupting the normal usage of the public thoroughfare that passes in front of Jubilee House, we are however, not convinced that the Police had to resort to such use of force and crowd controlling techniques to manage a crowd, mainly of students”, a statement signed by the General Secretary of the NPP, John Boadu, dated October 7, 2019, in part read.

It added “The Police must realize that, just like every other Ghanaian, they are also subject to law and ought to give confidence to the populace at all times, in applying the law, they do so fairly to all manner of persons”.

The Police have since denied any wrongdoing in the measures they took to control the demonstrating students saying “they sat in the middle of the road and pelted the Police with stones and offensive weapons. In the process, police sprayed cold water and fired rubber bullets to disperse the crowd”.

Having condemned the police brutalities, the elephant family also called “on the relevant authorities and State actors to grant a hearing to these students who, together with many others, have consistently demanded for an immediate reform to legal education in the country, to reflect the realities of the 21st century”.

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