The General Officer Commanding (GOC) the Central Command of the Ghana Armed Forces (GAF), Brigadier General Joseph Aphour, who was testifying before the committee of Enquiry, may have indirectly allege that, the two who were shot, may have been killed by fellow protestors.
Speaking at the on-going sittings in Kumasi, he insists that, the military was compelled to use minimum force to control the crowd during the demonstration over the alleged murder of Ibrahim Mohammed, alias Macho Kaaka, a social media activist.
According to him, the soldiers had earlier issued a verbal warning to the irate crowd to retreat but they did not budge, compelling the soldiers to fire warning shots, but when the protesters were still surging forward and his men heard gunshots from the crowd, “the military had to return fire to protect themselves”, even though their intention was to shoot to scare the people from advancing.
He justifies his assertion with the point that, if their intention had been to kill, more casualties could have been recorded.
Corroborating this pints, the Commanding Officer of the Fourth Infantry Battalion, Lieutenant Colonel Kwasi Ware Peprah, also explained that the role of the military was to maintain law and order, and that they only restored order when the situation deteriorated, as according to him, it was possible that the bullets that killed the two persons might not have come from the shots fired by the soldiers.
With the Medical Superintendent of the Ejura Government Hospital, Dr Mensah Manye saying that, the two victims who died in last week's incident at Ejura in the Ashanti Region sustained gun shot wounds that penetrated their bodies from the back, it may well open up the potential that, gunshots from fellow protestors may have killed them, from these allegations, been thrown around.
He said the first person he attended to and died had the wound at the left upper chest, penetrating into the chest. Later identified as Abdul Nassir Yussif, he said he was brought in dead. He said there was also an injury at the left shoulder joint with a fracture, meaning the left arm was fractured or broken.
Again, Colonel Kwasi Ware Peprah in justifying the military man, who knelt and focused his gun, he was of the view that, the action of the soldiers was inevitable, since it helped calm the situation, insisting however that, kneeling to aim was part of warning signals used by the army to persuade an agitated crowd to retreat.
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