Residents of Lamashegu are yet to come to terms with the clash with police that led to the death of one person and Minority leader Haruna Iddrissu is demanding swift action from the Northern Regional Security Council and the Police Command to curb police brutality.
The legislator’s comments come days after the youth of Lamashegu in Tamale hit the streets in protest against alleged indiscriminate shooting by a police officer after a hot pursuit of a driver, which led to the killing of one and injuring of several others.
Haruna Iddrisu expressed regret about the incident while making a statement on the floor of the house.
“The police are too quick to use excessive force. The number of police brutalities has increased over the years. We are concerned about the rising cases and if it is not checked, it may lead to civil unrest. We have had enough of the unjustified violence on the citizens of Tamale. We call on the police command to accept full responsibility for the unprofessional conduct of their officers who shot live ammunition in Lamashegu and identify the principal actors and deal with them in accordance with the law.”
Residents on Sunday afternoon clashed with the police after officers allegedly shot a 24-year-old man for refusing to stop when police ordered him to.
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The man was allegedly chased to the Lamashegu Chief’s Palace where he went to seek refuge and was shot by the officers.
The incident led to the burning of car tyres and wood on some major streets in Tamale.
Some agitated residents also hurled stones at the police patrol team that was at the scene to restore calm.
So far six police officers have been interdicted over the incident.