Kumasi, June 30, GNA – The Reverend Moses Opoku Agyeman, Kumasi District Minister of the Presbyterian Church, has called for urgent reforms to give Ghanaians confidence in the justice system.
He said there was the need to ensure fair and speedy trial of cases.
Delivering the sermon at the 35th martyrs day and memorial service in Kumasi, he said this was the way forward to stop people from taking the law into their own hands - mob action and violent attacks.
The service was organized by the Ghana Bar Association (GBA) in collaboration with the Judicial Service in remembrance of three high court judges and a retired military officer, gruesomely murdered in 1982.
Justices Fred Poku Sarkodie, Mrs. Cecilia Koranteng Addow and Kwadwo Agyei Agyepong were cowardly killed together with Major Acquah.
The Rev Agyeman indicated that unnecessary delays, corruption and perversion of justice were eroding the confidence of the people in the justice system.
He therefore reminded judges and lawyers to do everything to make sure that nobody was denied justice.
He used the occasion to denounce the growing lawlessness in the society and said the cruel murder of Major Maxwell Mahama at Denkyira-Obuasi, should be a wake-up call to the law enforcement agencies to act decisively to end the impunity.
Mr. Francis Kwofie, President of the Ashanti Bar Association, asked all Ghanaians to rally round the national flag, respect, uphold and defend the constitution and its institutions.
He added that the use of brute violence to resolve grievances should not be allowed to undermine the rule of law.
Mr. Kwofie urged the police and the Attorney General to diligently investigate all recent acts of violence and criminal activities perpetuated by individuals and groups and to bring the culprits to justice.