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Account for lockdown brutalities – Francis-Xavier Sosu to govt

Human rights lawyer and NDC parliamentary candidate for the Madina constituency, Francis-Xavier Sosu has criticised the Akufo-Addo-led government for failing to account to the people of Ghana on what has been done to seek justice for persons who fell victim to brutalities during the three-week partial lockdown in Greater Accra, Kumasi and Kasoa areas.

The deployment of a joint police and military forces to enforce the COVID-19 restrictive measures recorded some excesses including the murder of a civilian at Ashaiman in the Greater Accra Region by a soldier who was enforcing lockdown directives.

The Security forces have on many occasions denied claims of abuse during the period.

Speaking on the matter, Mr Francis-Xavier Sosu told Blessed Sogah, host of Class 91.3 FM’s State of the Nation that: “I think that all the human rights infractions during the COVID-19 [lockdown], the government has not been very accountable to the people…and I think that this is the time for government to give us a report on what happened…”

“With regards to the Ashaiman killing, we need to know the investigation that has gone into it, we need to know whether the military officer who was responsible has either been interdicted or has been put before the law, we need to hear something.”

Source: Class FM

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