The Minister of Information, Kojo Oppong-Nkrumah

Information Minister, Kojo Oppong Nkrumah, has described the police brutality meted out to members of the Law Students Association during a demonstration to demand reforms to Ghana’s legal education on Monday as an embarrassing spectacle and unacceptable.

The group clashed with the police during the protest with 13 of its members arrested in a standoff between police and the protesters which lasted for several minutes. Police deployed water cannons and tasers to drive the charged crowd away.

Speaking in an interview on Accra-based Citi FM, the Information Minister said “the confusion is an embarrassing spectacle and generally, it is totally unacceptable that an otherwise peaceful demonstration by people who want access to legal education will end up in the scenes that we saw on television and social media.”

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To Mr Nkrumah, the police should have exercised restraint in dealing with the protesters and the situation that broke out.

“The government also believes that the police must always abide by their clarion call which is to protect and serve. We are of the view that the handling of such a situation must always be done in a manner that allows a balanced achievement of the objectives,” he said.

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Source: | Gertrude Otchere