The Minority Group in Parliament is heading to court over the recent burning of 14 tipper trucks, an excavator and a motorbike at Afa Yili in the Kumbungu district of the Northern Region.
Minority Leader, Haruna Iddrisu disclosed their intended action at a meeting with the Tamale Tipper Truck Owners Union in Tamale.
According to him, the visit was to commiserate with the affected truck owners and to afford the delegation the opportunity to assess the level of damage caused.
The Minority Leader, Haruna Iddrisu maintained that burning of the said tipper trucks was unlawful, for which reason his side in Parliament will seek legal redress.
“The wicked burning of those 14 tipper trucks is excessive and extrajudicial and therefore legally unjustifiable and untenable and we will pursue this matter to its utmost and logical conclusion. Nothing will stop us from asking for adequate compensation for the affected persons as due process was not respected and upheld,” he said.
“Rights have been disrespected and rights have been breached. The right to own property and the right to own a tipper truck for the purpose of livelihood has been undermined.”
He advised the law enforcement agencies to respect the rule of law saying, “The security agencies and the Ministries of Interior and Defence are not above the laws of Ghana. We are not a Banana Republic and therefore we are serving them notice that we are a lawful country governed by law.”
He noted with deep concern that the burning of the tipper trucks will affect the construction industry.
Haruna Iddrisu nonetheless advised the affected truck owners to remain law-abiding and not retaliate.
Secretary to the Tamale Tipper Truck Owners Union, Iddrisu Yahaya reiterated their call for a full-scale inquiry and also compensation.
Later at a courtesy call on the Kumbungu chief, Naa Iddrisu Abu said the action of Operation Vanguard was an affront to his authority.
He supported calls for investigations and compensation of the affected owners.
The delegation also paid a courtesy call on the chief of Dalung where the White Volta is located.
The Tamale Central MP, Inusah Fuseini; MP for Kumbungu, Ras Mubarak; Tamale North MP, Alhassan Suhuyini and MP for Binduri, Robert Baba Kuganab-Lem were the members of the Minority that made the trip.
The delegation’s visit today was a follow up to the minority legislators’ earlier call for full-scale investigations into the issue.