Abuse on Lockdown offenders must stop now -Eric Asamoah Tachie Writes

Abuse on Lockdown offenders must stop now -Eric Asamoah Tachie Writes

Am not sure the emergency bill passed by parliament to give the president of Ghana the superpowers to decide the punishment for any offender of his orders in this crucial times gave birth to the cruel and unethical behaviour of our security forces against the offenders of the lockdown.

Human rights violations are not permissible under any circumstances,whether in normal times or in tumultuous times.

How on earth can our security officer engage in this act of lawlessness against the offenders of the lockdown.

All persons breaching the lockdown rules are to be dealt with according to law and the law has no place for the abuse of anyone’s rights no matter their offence.

THE LOCKDOWN

The President delivering his fourth national televised address on the state’s anti-coronavirus strategy on Friday evening announced that movements in some urban areas in the country will be restricted from Monday for two weeks as part of government measures to control the spread of the coronavirus.

The lockdown affects areas in Accra, Tema, Kasoa and Kumasi, where significant numbers of infections have been recorded.

President Nana Akufo-Addo said beginning from 1:00 a.m. on Monday, March 30, the lockdown will restrict the movement people for a period of two weeks subject to review.

The lockdown, he explained is to enable contact tracing of persons who have come into contact with persons who have tested positive for the deadly virus.

Meanwhile, the police administration in collaboration with the Ghana Navy, Army and Airforce have deployed security personnel across Greater Accra and Greater Kumasi where a lockdown has been imposed to quell the spread of the coronavirus.

The operation has been dubbed ‘Operation COVID Safety’ and the police describe it as a humanitarian exercise to protect the lives of citizens.

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