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Shoot-to-kill policy is illegal-Martin Hamidu


Interior Minister Designate Martin Hamidu says it is unconstitutional for the police service to adopt a policy of shoot to kill in their bid to fight

armed robbery.

According to him, every suspect is innocent until proven guilty for which reason any policy to impose instant justice on suspect must be condemned.

He made these statements during his vetting by the Appointment committee of parliament on Wednesday.

Even though the police service have no definite policy of shoot-to-kill, armed robbers of late have been gunned down in multiple turns by the police raising concerns the policy may still be in force.

Indeed the outgoing, Interior Minister Cletus Avoka, has publicly defended why the armed robbers have to be gunned down, especially when they (armed robbers) increasingly become threats to the very existence of the police.

But Hamidu maintained such a policy will be in gross violation of the country’s constitution.

The former deputy attorney general said he is prepared to give back to the society the education and knowledge society has imparted onto him.

He said public service was for him a sacrifice and the extent of his indebtedness to society is payable only with his existence, his life.

He was responding to a question by the minority leader Osei Kyei Mensah-Bonsu during a marathon vetting by the Appointment committee of Parliament on Wednesday.

Martin Hamidu if approved will be sworn in as the second Interior Minister in the Mills led administration.

His expression of sacrifice and willingness to be true to society was quickly subjected to scrutiny by Hon Mathew Prempeh, MP for Manhyia when he demanded to know how religious the minister designate has been in honouring his tax obligation.

Hamidu had stated in his resume that he was ‘dormant’ with his business between January 2007 and June 2009 for which reason he did not pay tax.

According to him he had to deregister his law firm in 2007 for the simple reason that he was not in active practice and was not under any obligation to pay taxes.

But that did not go down well with the Manhyia MP who established that in 2008, Mr Hamidu worked as a consultant for ISODEC and was paid taxable allowances, but Hamidu failed to honour his tax obligations.

Even though Martin Hamidu conceded to receiving taxable allowances from ISODEC, he explained the tax element was taken out before being paid.

That was contested by Mathew Prempreh, but preferred to discuss the matter into detail at a close sitting.

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