‘We Need Police Protection At Home’- Members of Parliament

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Members of Parliament have renewed their call on the Interior Ministry and security agencies to fashion out a comprehensive plan to safeguard their lives in their homes.

This call follows an attack on New Patriotic Party (NPP) MP for Nhyiaso Constituency, Mr Kennedy Kankam and his family.

The MP and his family were held at gunpoint in his house for close to three hours last Sunday by three unidentified gunmen who scaled a wall  into the his bedroom using a metal cutter.

They made away with some items from the legislator’s house, including a four-wheel drive.

In 2016, the former MP for Abuakwa North MP, Joseph Boakye Danquah was stabbed to death at his Shiashie residence in the same manner.

The Majority Leader , Mr Osei-Kyei Mensah Bonsu, who raised the issue on the Floor of Parliament, questioned why district chief executives had been given police protection but MPs had been ignored.

“We have so many districts that have been created and yet appropriately so, MMDCEs have been provided with police protection why can’t we do same for Members of Parliament”, he asked.

The Minority Leader, Haruna Iddrisu, agreeing with the submission made by the Majority Leader, cited Article 71 of the Constitution and said the provision of protection was part of the facilities and privileges MPs must enjoy and so it should be made available.

He also asked the Interior Minister to instruct Inspector General of Police to immediately commence investigations into the attack on the MP and submit a report to Parliament with a fortnight.

Mr Iddrisu said members wanted to know who contracted the assailants to attack the MP since a leader of the gang claimed they had been sent to kill Mr Kankam.

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