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

Tue, 14 Jun 2022 Source: Queen Xorlali

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.

Source: Queen Xorlali