A soldier identified as Trooper Sherrif Imoro was attacked and killed by yet-to-be apprehended assailants in Ashaiman on March 4, 2023.
Three days later, a military contingent armed with guns and batons and supported with armoured vehicle and a helicopter descended on the part of Ashaiman where he was supposedly killed.
An official statement has been issued by the military in which the Ghana Armed Forces clarified that the operation was authorized with the sole intent of arresting the killers and not as a revenge for the death.
Official reason Sherrif was in Ashaiman:
The statement signed by the Director General of Public Relations, Brigadier General E. Aggrey-Quashie, stated the official reason for which he was in the area.
“Trooper Sherrif, who is stationed in Sunyani, was in Accra on a Course and had sought permission to visit his parents at Ashaiman where he grew up, but was found in a pool of blood in the early hours of Saturday near the Amania Hotel in Ashaiman.
“GAF wishes to state categorically that the military operation, which was sanctioned by the Military High Command, was NOT to avenge the killing of the soldier but rather to fish out the perpetrators of the heinous crime,” the statement said.
Unofficial reason of visiting girlfriend:
The unofficial reason for his visit has since led to the arrest of one person as confirmed by Member of Parliament for Ashaiman Constituency, Ernest Henry Norgbey.
He disclosed on March 7 that the Ghana Police Service had arrested a suspected girlfriend of the slain officer.
Speaking in an interview on Peace FM’s Midday news on March 7, 2023, the lawmaker explained that, the arrest forms part of the police investigations to find the perpetrators of the murdered military personnel.
“As I speak, I think one person has been arrested for questioning, a female who might have had a relationship with the victim, and so they’re doing very well (Police) they’re doing their best to come out with a verdict.
“…that female was assumed to be the victim’s girlfriend. Speculations arise that probably the guy might have been with the lady at the moment the thing happened or he might have left her place at the time the thing happened, and so you know as a security agency, she should have been the prime suspect to be called.
“I spoke to the police commander who told me that over 72 people have been arrested so far,” he added.
Soldiers conduct swoop in Ashaiman
Some soldiers invaded Ashaiman in the early hours of Tuesday apparently in search of murderers of their young colleague.
Several videos of the incident captured by some residents went viral on social media.
In some of these videos, personnel were seen hitting and brutalising those who were outside of their rooms.
The incident happened on the dawn of Tuesday, March 7, 2023, at Official town in Ashaiman.
Is that all the MP for the Taifa area could say? He could not condemn the utter lawless behaviours of the soldiers? Ghana is still in the dark ages of civilization indeed with “four legs good two legs bad”. Why ahould the life of a soldier be more valuable than that of any citizen? The many citizens both the military and police kill wantonly, who mop up people to brutalize them? Just because they have weapons, bought for them by the very civilians they are barbaricly brutalizing? Are these brainless and conscienceless political bootlickers saying it is the whole Taifa community that conspired to kill that soldier? How lawless can a nation be under the brainless Akufo-Addo? Is such as disgust of gargantuan proportion. And to see that even MPs of that country and Traditional Authorities condone that lawless behaviour, not to mention Religious leaders, media and civil society leaders. But then these are the very people who aided Akufo-Addo’s destruction of their nation. Birds of the same feather indeed! Ghana has a milion years to become a truly civilized and human rights respecting nation!
Your actions I mean the military swoop was unnecessary ,un-call-for and utterly backward !! Even within 24 hrs time , suspects are being uncovered, why thread this uncivilized path by brutalizing innocent citizens when the victim’s movements could easily have been tracked !!!! Senseless ..
The last time I checked it still remains that two wrongs never makes a right, there’s always a right way to tackle issues and it’s easy to destroy than repair, if it’s a competition of violence and barbaric demonstrations, then what a shame, what happened to our reasoning. Some stupid hudlums, lowly criminals decide our agenda for us and we mess up so abysmally and ridiculously, two agents of National Security can unravel this quietly and beautifully without all this brutal show of force. Let’s be more mature and serious,please.