Mr Speaker, I think we have to be cautious of the matter being raised here. Inappropriate use of ammunition by unqualified persons is a matter of concern, but the one on issue here is the use of ammunition or weapons by qualified persons, in an indiscriminate manner or in a manner that is unprofessional.
Mr Speaker, I actually share the concern of the Hon Member. Why do we have repeated cases of officers within our Security Services, harming civilians sometimes, without much reason or bases?
One of the reasons this keeps on recurring is that, when we have such issues, we end up having the same security force being asked to investigate the issue. How can a body that is perceived to be going in a way that is harmful to civilians sit on their own cases and be judges of the same matter?
I remember that some few months ago, we had a senior police officer, who was allegedly involved in this scandal or scheme, concerning the recruitment of officers. He was interdicted by the Police Administration and phrases like “house arrest” were used. What has happened to that matter?
I believe that going forward, the way to make sure that such things do not happen, is to have an agency, perhaps, under the Ministry of the Interior, constructed with the support of appropriate legislation, to make sure that civilians and members of the society, who are not necessarily police officers or soldiers or security men, sit on matters like this that are raised, to give ruling or recommendations. That would be seen as very objective and not tainted because of the affiliation to a security service like the Ghana Police Service.
Second, this is so crucial because people are losing faith in the Police for reasons like this. This is because when something like this happens to a person's relative and they go and report, the matter goes through the same Service, and at the end of the day, whatever comes from the Ghana Police Service, is nothing to write home about.
So, we must look at an agency, which will be constituted of not only police officers, but also civilians, such as the clergy, organised labour, and all of that, so that when a policeman is engaged in an act, which is seen as unprofessional, he will know that he is not going to be investigated by his own kind, who will be soft with him. But he will meet people who will be objective, and make sure that justice is done, so that civilians would feel protected in their own country.
Thank you very much, Mr Speaker.