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Video of immigration officers assaulting woman: Speaker Bagbin orders probe

The Member of Parliament for Ketu South, Abla Dzifa Gomashie, has raised concerns over the training protocols for the Ghana Immigration Service and its culture at the border facility.

Her concerns come on the back a viral video showing some gun-wielding immigration officers physically assaulting an unarmed woman.

The Rt. Hon. Speaker of Parliament, Alban Sumana Kingsford Bagbin, has therefore ordered for a probe into the incident that occurred at the Aflao Border in the Ketu South municipality.

The Speaker, after the incident was brought to the floor by the MP, Dzifa Gomashie, directed the Interior Minister to report to Parliament on the matter on July 29, 2024.

The Speaker vehemently criticised the behaviour of the officers, especially when the victim happens to be a woman, adding that public servants are supposed to serve the public and not to use force against them.

“I further direct that the Minister for Interior should report back to this house as to what action has been taken in this direction. I need to emphasise that public servants are servants of the people. We volunteered to serve Ghanaians.

“Public servants are different from the armed forces. The armed forces by the name are armed and they are armed and trained to use force and that is usually the last resort.’

“Public servants are people who have volunteered to serve the public and that service we must render. We are not by law and by concept to use force.

“What is really making it worse is on the side our ladies, are completely uncivilised to use force against a lady. It’s not at all allowed and so I’ll allow the investigations to go on and let’s see what happens.”

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