Group pledges to help victims of Ashaiman military brutalities seek justice


A public advocacy group has expressed its readiness to help victims of the Ashaiman military brutalities to seek justice.

This comes after some civilians in the town were assaulted by personnel from the Ghana Armed Forces (GAF), during an ‘intelligence-led operation’.

The operation, which was intendend to apprehend the murderers of a military officer on Saturday March 4, also saw some indigenes of the town being forcibly arrested and assaulted.

Reacting to this development, the group, Justice for the Vulnerable Organization (JVO), says it is appalled by the conduct of the military personnel.

In a statement issued on Tuesday, and signed by Emmanuel Boadu, the Convener, the group pledged to help victims of the military’s operation to seek justice.

“The viral footages on social media also show how the military broke into homes in what they describe as an ‘intelligence-led’ operation.

Despite the explanation by the military, we find their actions to be unfortunate. Such future missions must be guided by real intelligence, devoid of the excesses we have seen”, portions of the statement read.

Group pledges to help victims of Ashaiman military brutalities seek justice
A copy of the statement by the Justice for Vulnerable Organization (JVO)

It continued, “Ghana is a democratic state, hence brutalities by the military and other security agencies must stop!

“In the light of the above, we wish to express our solidarity with all the affected victims in the Ashaiman community.

“We also wish to urge all the affected victims to reach out to us through our contact [(+233) 243477515] on WhatsApp to help them seek justice FREE OF CHARGE”.

While condemning the actions of the military, the group also expressed reservations about the killing of the military officer in question.

The group said the alleged killing of Trooper Imoro Sherrif by some residents of Ashaiman is a regrettable incident which must not happen again. They therefore want justice to be given to the deceased.

“The death of the young military officer in Ashaiman is a completely regrettable incident which should not have occurred in the very first place.

“On that note, we wish to add our voice to the calls on all the relevant state agencies to expedite action in bringing the perpetrators to book” the statement further revealed.

Meanwhile the Ghana Armed Forces (GAF) has apologised for the said brutalities.

In a statement following the widespread condemnation of the military’s conduct on social media, the hierarchy of the military said the brutalities were not deliberate.

It therefore called on the general public to pardon the excesses and assist the military in the enforcement of law and order in the country.

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