Pressure group New Age PanAfricans (NAPA) has expressed disappointment at the manner in which some Ghanaians are being brutalised by security personnel in an attempt to enforce a lockdown instructed by President Akufo-Addo to curb the spread of the Coronavirus in the country.
The lockdown, which restricts citizens’ movement in Greater Accra, Kasoa and Kumasi in the Ashanti region, has recorded incidents of police and military brutalities on some citizens.
Although Ghana’s cases of the Coronavirus keeps escalating from 2 on March 12 to 204 on April 2, 2020, the brutalities have been condemned by some citizens and security experts. Some argue that since a section of Ghanaians are exempted from the partial lockdown to be able to render essential services to the country, the security personnel have to showcase high level of professionalism in dealing with matters relating to restoring calm in such areas.
NAPA has described the development, which has taken over social media conversations, as “recklessness” perpetrated by “some overzealous State security officials in the enforcement of the partial lockdown which forms part of the COVID-19 pandemic fight.”
In a strong statement, NAPA condemed the brutalities in Kasoa, Accra and Kumasi and has called on Ghanaians to kick against it.
NAPA further charged on the government to call the security personnel to order and ensure they do the right thing to save lives.
“NAPA is requesting the higher authorities of the State Security Apparatus as well as Government of Ghana who bears ultimate responsibility to as a matter of urgency investigate these barbaric acts and to bring the perpetrators to book and seek compensation for these victims,” part of the statement read.