Dr. Kwame Addo-Kufuor, Minister-designate for Defence, has stated that he had written to the Inspector-General of Police about the recent death of a civilian in military custody in Tamale.
He told the Appointments Committee of Parliament in Accra last Friday that once investigations were concluded, anybody found culpable would not be shielded as they would face the full rigours of the law.
Dr. Addo-Kufuor gave the undertaking that the military would uphold the rule of law at all times. “I am a firm believer in the rule of law and I also respect the Constitution and, therefore, it was important to report any misconduct of the military to the police,” he assured the committee.
Alhaji Issah Mobila, the Northern Regional Chairman of the Convention People's Party (CPP), was arrested by the police during the December 7, 2004 elections for allegedly possessing a gun.
He was handed over to the military where he died in their custody on December 9, 2004, creating tension in Tamale. The military and the police high commands immediately ordered investigations into the death of Alhaji Mobila. A pathologist's report indicated that he died as a result of suspected torture.