Member of Parliament for Madina Francis-Xavier Sosu has said the Military should also be investigated for the brutalities meted out to some civilians at Ashaiman following the killing of a soldier.
According to him, a statement that was issued by the Police announcing the arrest of key suspects in the killing indicated that the Military had no business being there to carry out the operations they did.
“The Police Statement on the murder of soldier, Imoro Sherrif, clearly confirms that the Military had no business carrying out their retaliatory operations following the death. The conduct and actions of the Military as seen in civilian violations ought to be investigated,” the Human Rights lawyer tweeted.
On Monday, March 13 the six suspected persons who were arrested for their alleged involvement in the killing of a soldier Imoro Sheriff have been denied bail by the Ashaiman Circuit Court.
They were denied bail after Prosecutor Supt. Sylvester Asare told the court that granting them bail will affect investigations.
The Police made additional arrests following the murder of Sherrif in Ashaiman on Saturday, March 4.
The suspects, Safianu Musah, alias Dayorgu, Ibrahim Abdul Rakib, Samuel Tetteh, alias Wiper, Abubakar Sadick, alias Birdman, Yussif Mohammed and Abdul Gafaru Abdul Karim were arrested between Thursday, March 9 and Sunday, March 12.
They were arrested at various locations within Ashaiman and its environs, according to a statement issued by the Ghana Police Service.
The arrests followed a week of a sustained intelligence-led operation. Police detailed events in the statement issued on Sunday, March 12:
“On 4th March 2023, Police received information that a male adult had been found lying dead at Ashiaman Taifa in the Greater Accra Region.
“A team of Police officers proceeded to the said location and confirmed the incident.
“Police immediately commenced investigation into the circumstances surrounding the death of the victim. The officers cordoned off the scene and called in the specialist Police Crime Scene team to process the scene for forensic analysis.
“The Crime Scene Team retrieved a number of items, including a knife with blood stains on it and a backpack. In the backpack, Police found 1 Samsung tablet, 1 Apple laptop, 1 military uniform with the name tag “Imoro”, 8 other items of clothing, as well as a Ghana card and a Health Insurance card bearing the name Imoro Sherrif.
“Judging from the contents of the backpack, the police suspected the victim could be a soldier, and in line with Police standard operating procedure for handling institution-based victims, the Military was accordingly notified of the incident and some military personnel came to identify the deceased to Police as Imoro Sheriff, a soldier.
“The body of the deceased was thereafter conveyed to a hospital for preservation and autopsy.
“As part of the investigation, an intelligence operation was immediately launched within Ashiaman and other strategic locations of interest to follow up on all relevant leads on the case.”
It was after the investigation that all six suspects were arrested.
The police have assured the public, especially the family of the deceased, that all the suspects are in their custody and will be “put before the court on Monday,13th March, 2023 to justice”.