Excessive Use Of Force On Demonstrating Students Is Unacceptable – Richmond Mawunyo Akpah

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The Islam school shooting that occurred on Monday has caused many people to react and one is Richmond Mawunyo Akpah a young politician and student.

Speaking on the popular breakfast live show on tv Africa Ghana, Mr. Richmond Mawunyo Akpah who is a second-year student of law at the Zenith University College argued brilliantly on by the use of excessive force on students demonstrating is wrong.

The 1992 constitution of the Republic of Ghana allows young people to speak about issues surrounding them.

On Monday 13th June 2022, there have been reports of about 30 students being injured by the Ghana Police Service with live bullets and tear gas. This was because the students were
demonstrating the rising number of accidents in front of their school.

Youth activist Richmond Akpah cited numerous incidences where the Ghana Police Service used excessive force among demonstrating students in the last three years, notable among them are:

  1. on the 22nd of October 2018, following a protest by the students, scores of heavily armed
    security officials were deployed to the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and
    technology.
  2. on the 27th of October 2019. law students peacefully demonstrating against the lack of access at
    the Ghana law school was attacked by the Ghana police service at the Sankara overpass in
    Accra with tear gas and bullets.
  3. on July 1, 2020, students at the KNUST SHS who were demonstrating after a student who
    had been denied medical assistance died was attacked by the Ghana police service with
    tear gas.

The law student concluded that the Ghana police service needs to go through some reforms
to ensure these shameful acts do not repeat themselves anymore. Legal reforms on administrative
and bureaucratic structure of the Ghana police service, reviewing the condition of service and
reforms on crowd control will go a long to preventing the use of excessive force in controlling
students.

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