The Ghana Armed Forces (GAF) have stated that the raid that their officers carried out at Ashaiman in Accra on Tuesday was appropriate because it was in response to the death of one of their younger personnel.
Because a young military officer, Trooper Imoro Sherrif, was allegedly stabbed in the town on Saturday, March 4, 2023, soldiers went on a rampage against some residents of Ashaiman on Tuesday while helicopters flew over the area. They did this because the incident occurred in the town.
In a statement released to the press, the GAF clarified that despite the fact that the military operation had been given the green light by the military high command, it was not intended to seek vengeance for the deaths of its personnel or to target innocent people.
“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,” GAF said in its statement. “GAF wishes to state categorically that the military operation was NOT to avenge the killing of the soldier but rather to fish out the perpetrators of the heinous crime.”
In the statement, the Ghana Armed Forces said that during operations at Ashaiman-Taifa and Tulaku, they had caught and turned over to the Military Police about 184 suspects between the ages of 21 and 47.The suspects’ ages were given in the statement.
The military command of Ghana explained in a statement that was signed by Brigadier General E. Aggrey-Quarshie, Director of General Public Relations for the Ghana Armed Forces, that the individuals who were apprehended would later be turned over to the Ghana Police Service for screening and for further action. This information was included in the statement.
“During the course of the sweep, the personnel made off with 29 slabs and 57 mini slabs of what is believed to be Indian hemp as well as amnesia, along with other types of narcotics.”
“The Ghana Armed Forces (GAF) also wishes to place on record that the swoop was not targeted at innocent civilians but was an intelligence-led operation conducted on suspected hideouts of criminals and crime-prone areas in the general area,” the GAF explained in its statement.
“The Ghana Armed Forces (GAF) also wishes to place on record that the swoop was not targeted at innocent civilians.”
GAF expressed regret in its statement about the fact that innocent people were injured or killed as a result of the chaos that was unleashed at Ashaiman.
“GAF however acknowledges that unfortunately some innocent persons might have been caught up in the operation and as a consequence suffered some distress due to the location in which they found themselves at the time.”
In addition, GAF urged locals to provide meaningful information to security agencies so that they could assist in discovering the truth about the situation.