National Organizer of the opposition New Patriotic Party (NPP) John Boadu has urged the Food and Drugs Authority (FDA) to investigate the use of an alleged poisonous substance used by the police in Wednesday’s violent demonstration.
According to him, the FDA must establish whether is legitimate for the police to use Nitric acid during its riot control exercise especially during demonstrations.
(HNO3), also known as aqua fortis and spirit of nitre, is a highly corrosive and toxic strong acid that can cause severe burns.
There was stand-off between the Police and pro-opposition groups Let My Vote Count (LMVC), Alliance for Accountable Governance, (AFAG) and Movement for Change (MFC), as they marched in Accra for a new voters’ register.
The exercise ended abruptly, after the police fired tear gas, water canon and beat some protesters who tried to go to the Electoral Commission and in the process many sustained various degrees of injuries, including NPP stalwart Gabby Otchere-Darko, as he was flogged with horse whips.
Speaking on Peace FM Friday, John Boadu claimed the substances the police threw into the mist of the crowd left some of the demonstrators as well as police officers injured .
“The FDA must quickly have a look at this substance and its effect on people. I personally witnessed some police officers rushing to wash their faces after the nitric acid was thrown into the crowd, we cannot continue to have people always getting injured during peaceful demonstrators”.
He further condemned the unjustified police brutalities meted out against the protesters who were on the streets fighting for their constitutional rights.
Meanwhile, the Director General of Police Operations, COP John Kudalor has stated categorically that the police is not sorry for the brutality, they meted out to Let My Vote Count protesters.