Northern Regional Minister, Alhaji Alhassan Saani has disclosed that the Regional Security Council (REGSEC), of which he is a chairman was aware of the disconnection exercise embarked on by the officials of NEDCo in some communities in Tamale that led to assault of the residents by the police officials.
The regional minister said this when he was speaking to Sagani TV’s Inusah Hamza Lansah on the station’s evening news, dubbed – Lahabali Tula on the recent demonstrations by some angry youth of Tamale in reaction to the Nakpanzuo, Zujung and Lamashegu brutalities.
“The VRA officials did not just decide to go into the communities to start acting the way they did with the police. They consulted us as REGSEC, which we approved and ensured some police officers were assigned to them to perform their duties”, he revealed.
“But we did not ask that they assault anyone as we see in the videos that were being circulated on social media”, Alhaji Saani condemned the police brutalities.
Touching on the action of the irate youth after the demonstration that also resulted in destructions of properties belonging to VRA and police, the minister hinted that his outfit would support the police to arrest the perpetrators to ensure proper punishment was meted out to them to deter others from engaging in same act in future.
According to him, the area, particularly Tamale has been tagged as a lawless city, and he would everything meaningful to restore that lost good name.
He believed the interdiction of the four 4) police officers that were seen in the videos assaulting the residents should have been enough for the youth to understand that the security is not sleeping on the job.
The REGSEC visited some palaces two 2 days ago on September 26 as part of activities to bring peace into metropolis.