I did not order military invasion of parliament – Dominic Nitiwul

Defense Minister designate, Dominic Nitiwul has denied ordering personnel of the Ghana Armed Forces who besieged the chamber of parliament on 7th January, 2021.

The armed military stormed the chamber during a scurful between Members of Parliament for the election of a speaker for the 8th Parliament.

This degenerated widespread condemnation from Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) and other political actors in the country.

Mr Nitiwul, who served as Defense Minister before the December 7, 2020 polls before his reappointment was amongst a list names accused of inviting the military to intimidate NDC MPs for the speakership.

But responding to a question by Minority Leader Haruna Iddrisu at the Appointments Committee of Parliament on Thursday said, Mr Nitiwul said he wasn’t a minister at the time and couldn’t have given such order.

“No, not at all. No civilian has the capacity to be able to order the members of the armed forces; they’ll not do it. The names that were bandied about, including mine, did not have the capacity to move the armed forces. I was not Minister at that time. Even if I was, the commander would only obey the instructions if they were lawful.” He stated.

He added, “Our armed forces are very professional, some of the most professional you’ll find in this world.”

Source: tamenline.net.

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