Legal advisor to the family of the late Ibrahim Mohammed, popularly known as Kaaka, Oliver Barker Vormawor has questioned the basis for the 3 member Ejura committee’s conclusion that Kaaka’s death cannot be linked to his activism but probably a family feud.
Excerpts of the Justice of the Court of Appeal George Kingsley Koomson led committee tasked to investigate the circumstances leading to the death of two persons after some military officers opened fire on a protesting crowd in Ejura in the Ashanti Region read “We, after careful examination of the evidence relating to the events preceding the death of “Kaaka”, are convinced that the evidence as testified to by Sadia Fuscini is more reasonably probable than the unsubstantiated evidence of Abeewakas and Sahada Hudu which are more speculative. We accordingly find that, the death of “Kaaka” was not directly linked to his social media activism. It is more probably a family feud”.
Reacting to findings of the report in an interview with Accra based Starr FM, Mr. Vormawor said it was problematic for the committee to veer into an area which was not within its mandate and has no competencies to determine.
“There is a murder trial going on. There’s people’s rights being implicated. So you could say that these people came out because of this reason and now we have to see if the military and police responses were adequate and proper in the circumstances. You do not have to find who killed Kaaka. That is not the basis for what the committee is supposed to do. You do not have the competencies, you do not have the mandate to even interrogate witnesses or look for evidences or even subpoena documents or anything of any sort that will allow you to be able to reach a carefully decision as to who killed Kaaka”.
Mr. Vormawar said it was more troubling for a committee led by the Justice of Court of Appeal, George Kingsley Koomson to supervise such a breach in the its work. He said the development was an indictment on the country’s judiciary
“It is going into that journey with a Court of Appeal judge (George Kingsley Koomson) supervising the process, I think it has brought a lot of shame unto the judiciary together and I think it is an indictment on our judiciary that all together that he presides over this committee. I do not know what the motivations are and I am very particularly disappointed that we have somebody who is legally aware who would supervise such a process that affects the rights of individuals who are currently on trial for the same thing. It beats imagination as to why they would do that”. Oliver Barker Vormawor stressed.