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MPs demand immediate police protection in their homes

By Wendy Amarteifio
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MPs demand for immediate police protection in their homes
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Members of Parliaments are calling on the state to provide them police protection in their respective homes.

The demand follows the failed assassination attempt on Nhyiaeso MP, Kennedy Kankam.

Reports indicate that the MP and his family were held hostage at gunpoint for more than 3 hours by unknown assailants with a message that they had been sent to kill him.

Narrating the story on the floor of Parliament in a statement today November 6, 2019,  Majority Leader Osei Kyei-Mensah-Bonsu stated that sympathy for the MP's lactating wife caused the assailants to terminate their mission.

''Mr Speaker three days ago, our honourable Kankam was resting in his house when three fully armed men entered his house and physically attacked him. According to him what saved him was his lactating wife. Mr Speaker, this should bring us back to the prime concern that we have often expressed in this chamber about the security of Members of Parliament…I think going forward, the country should make a determined effort and we must be very decisive about this because we cannot continue to imperil the lives of members of parliament.I think the time has come for the state to make a decision on the security of our Honourable members ”

The Minority on the other side, Minority whip Muntaka Mubarak was shocked as to why all government appointees including Deputy Ministers and Ministers who can easily be replaced by the President should anything unfortunate happen to them are given police protection.

He wondered why all government appointees are given police escort but the same cannot be said of MPs.

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Meanwhile, MP for Asutifi South Collins Dauda who had an experience with armed robbers also narrated his ordeal and mentioned that Members of Parliament must cease the talking and ensure that there is immediate action in that regard.

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