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Secure all Ghanaians from assaults, not just MPs – Bureau of Public Safety

The Interior Minister, Ambrose Dery, has been criticized by the Bureau of Public Safety (BPS) for the decision to assign around 200 police personnel to serve as Members of Parliament (MPs) guards for the remainder of the year following the killing of Mfantseman MP, Ekow Kwansah Hayford.

BPS notes that not only is the judgment emotional, but one that lacks the help of reliable intelligence that would prove whether the late legislator was killed because of his rank.

Speaking to Alfred Ocansey on the Sunrise morning show at 3FM, Bureau Executive Director Nana Yaw Akwada said he expected the Minister to announce decisions that would ensure the safety of the entire population and not a select few.

Our opposition to the decisions of the Interior Minister to provide personal police security for MPs is not because we do not believe that the lives of MPs matter, but because we believe that the lives of the general population really matter and that of MPs includes the lives of the general public. If the Minister of the Interior is willing to make some substantive decision in our national life, it should be a decision that protects the community as a whole,’ said Nana Yaw Akwada.

“He added:” We are led to believe that not only is the interior minister’s decision emotional, but also not accompanied by any reliable intelligence. To the point that we can not prove that the MP was killed because of his MP status, and we can not prove otherwise.

Hon. Hon! Ekow Kwansah Hayford was killed at dawn on Friday, October 9, during a robbery incident at Abeadze Dominase on the Mankessim-Abeadze road in the Central Area.

When he was coming back from a campaign tour, the MP is said to have been fired.

The MP was found while the robbery was underway, according to an eyewitness account.

This, he said, ‘angered’ the criminals, who then blamed him for the problems people in the country were facing.

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