Former President John Mahama is urging President Akufo-Addo to compensate the victims of the Ayawaso West Wuogon by-election violence.

The Emile Short Commission report recommended compensation for the victims which was accepted by the government’s white paper.

However, five years down the line, no victim has received a penny from the state as compensation for the brutalities.

During a visit to one of the victims at Fadama in Accra, the National Democratic Congress (NDC) flag bearer stated that victims of the Ayawaso West Wuogon must be compensated as recommended by the Emile Short Commission.

“We always talk about Ayawaso West Wuogon and the casualties. It looks far away because people’s relatives were not affected, but this is one of the cases from Ayawaso West Wuogon.

“This is Isshau Yaro. He was a very energetic, active, and hardworking young man. Today, because of what happened at Ayawaso West Wuogon, he’s become invalid; he’s unable to do the work he used to do,” Mr. Mahama stated.

He continued: “I want Nana Akufo-Addo and Dr Bawumia to see this young man sitting here and how his life has been destroyed because of the hooliganism that took place in Ayawaso West Wuogon.  The Commission of Enquiry that sat on the Ayawaso West Wuogon case asked that some people should be sanctioned for what they did.”

The former President further stated that “Isshau Yaro is waiting for justice. He’s not got justice. The report also recommended that those who were injured be compensated.

“Up until today, no compensation has been paid to him, and that is what I have said: that there are casualties who are still suffering the effects and the scars of Ayawaso West Wuogon.

“I call on them, the president and vice president, to have sympathy for this young man and pay the compensation that will also allow him to put his life back on track. But if Allah blesses and NDC comes into office, he will be one of our heroes, and we will give him adequate compensation to put his life back on track.”

Source: Ghana/