The three-member Ministerial Committee of Inquiry constituted to probe the unfortunate occurrences at Ejura has established that the death of Mohammed Ibrahim (a.k.a Kaaka) was not directly linked to his social media activism.
According to the committee, after careful examination of the evidence relating to the events preceding the death of Kaaka, it was convinced that the evidence testified by Sadia Fuseini, a co-tenant of the Kaaka family, was “more reasonably probable” than the “unsubstantiated evidence” of one Abeewakas Umar and Sahada Hudu, wife of the deceased, which were more speculative.
“We, accordingly, find that the death of Kaaka was not directly linked to his social media activism. It is more probably a family feud. This is also supported by the testimony of Aminu Mohammed a resident of Ejura and a friend of the late Kaaka,” the committee said in its report.
Sadia Fuseini, when she appeared before the committee, said on the night of 26th June 2021, she was performing ablution in her room, when she heard the engine sound of Kaaka’s motorbike. She suddenly heard a noise which aroused her suspicion. Her curiosity led her to find out what had happened in the compound of the house.
She stated that she saw the elder brother of the late Kaaka, Baba Iddi, dragging the deceased towards the direction of the general bathroom. Just then the light went off around the bathroom. She stated further that she raised an alarm and went to knock on the door of Sahada Hudu, the wife of Kaaka. Other tenants in the house, including Kaaka’s mother and another brother, also came out and with the assistance of a torchlight and found Kaaka was found lying down unconscious. He was later taken to the hospital. The evidence of Sadia Fuseini was corroborated by another tenant, Muniratu Alhassan.
Interior Minister Ambrose Dery put together the three-member committee to investigate the disturbances recorded at Ejura.
Members of the committee were a Justice of the Court of Appeal, Justice George Kingsley Koomson (Chairman of the committee); a Security Analyst, Dr Vladimir Antwi-Danso; and the Executive Director of Penplusbytes, Juliet Adiema Amoah. They were expected to receive evidence from witnesses to ascertain the circumstances that led to the disturbances. Aggrieved youth of Ejura went on rampage in July this year to register their displeasure following the killing of Kaaka.
Some videos that circulated on social media revealed clashes between the protestors and security agents, which led to the death of two persons while others, including a security personnel, sustained various degrees of injury.
Ill-informed police decision
Meanwhile, the committee has indicted the police for ill-informed decision that provoked the youth to action which led to the death of two people.
According to the committee, there was no need or justification for the dispatch of a Police riot vehicle (water canon) to the cemetery on the morning of the 29th of June when Kaaka was being buried.
“This singular act, in the given circumstances on the ground, constituted an act of provocation,” it said.
The police had claimed that they were invited by the family of Kaaka to provide security for the burial. However, the committee says it finds that piece of evidence as an afterthought.
“One wonders why the burial of Kaaka should require Police protection. In the light of the events which happened on the 28th June, it would have been convincing, if the Riot Vehicle had been deployed at either the Police Station or the Municipal Assembly,” it said.
“We note further that, the youth in protesting on the 29th of June on the streets of Ejura, used offensive weapons like machetes, swords, cutlasses, clubs, sticks and stones. We are convinced that these offensive weapons were not necessary for the voice or grievances of the youth to be heard,” the committee added.