The Upper East Regional Director of the Commission on Human Rights and Administrative Justice (CHRAJ), Jalaldeen Abdulai has called on citizens to always hand over suspected criminals they apprehend to the police for appropriate investigations to be taken against them.
According to the Lawyer, mob beating and killings affect investigations into criminal activities in an area, hence the need to hand over criminals to the law enforcement agencies to avoid a situation where an innocent person could end up being killed.
Jalaldeen Abdulai spoke on the Daybreak Upper East programme on A1 Radio on Monday, April 19, 2021, in connection with the lynching of two suspected armed robbers at Nyariga, a suburb of the Bolgatanga Municipality in the Upper East Region.
The two suspected armed robbers over the weekend attempted to rob a man at gunpoint but unfortunately for them, all the three shots they fired at the man failed to kill him and so they decided to run away when they realized their target could be dangerous to them.
They were overpowered by the yet-to-be-identified man before community members came in to lynch them.
Mr Jalaldeen noted that the two armed robbers may be part of a gang of robbers and if they were not lynched they could have given information to the police to arrest all others in the gang.
“This mob action is not right and we must all ensure that we end it. It affects investigation and also people may end up killing innocent people. In Ghana, our law says when one is arrested he or she is not guilty until proven guilty. But when people engage in this mob injustice, we are trying to say the people that are apprehended are guilty before they are proven guilty or otherwise.” Jalaldeen Abdulai said.
In recent times, there have been reported cases of armed robberies and motorbike snatching in suburbs of Bolgatanga Municipality, despite the intense patrols of personnel of the Ghana Police Service.