Hundreds of Ghanaians, particularly the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) on Tuesday, 6th July marched through the streets of Accra in a demonstration against increasing insecurity in the country.
Clad in red and black, demonstrators chanted, sang and danced to music while holding aloft placards to express their unhappiness about the state of insecurity, mainly perceived to have resulted from politicisation of the National Security apparatus.
The marchers, led by the Youth Wing of the NDC would later present petitions to the Office of the President and the Speaker of Parliament.
“Those crusading for the country to be fixed have become enemies of your government as they are either being intimidated, harassed or killed,” the petition said.
Among its demands, the NDC said the president should “de-politicize the security services introducing reforms to give true meaning to (their) independence.”
“You tweeted for George Floyd… Ghanaians have died, speak up! „a placard demanded.
The march comes just days after a leading member of pressure Movement #FixTheCountry was murdered at his home at Ejura in the Ashanti Region.
Following the killing of Ibrahim “Kaaka” Mohammed, unhappy youth at Ejura took to the streets to protest the murder which was highly suspected to be state-sponsored because the government was fighting moves by the group to stage a public demonstration.
The demonstrators had a confrontation with military and Police personnel detailed by the government with the armed officers firing live bullets into the crowd. Two people were killed while at least four were severely injured.
And the Ejura killings are just the latest of murderous brutalities that the Akufo-Addo government has been superintending since coming to office in 2017.
Meanwhile, the Ghana Police Service’s curious acceptance to police the demonstration flies in the face of their spirited effort to prevent a non-partisan group of youth called #FixTheCountry from staging their demonstration to vent their spleen about the systemic rot and partisan corruption in Ghana.
The Police had dragged the group to court in an attempt to secure a perpetual injunction against their planned demonstration but had been trounced by the #FixTheCountry group both at the High Court and the Supreme Court.