Civilian loses his life after soldier’s gun accidentally goes off

Civilian loses his life after soldier’s gun accidentally goes off

- The Ghana Army is investigating a shooting incident that occurred in Ashaiman on Sunday, April 5, 2020

- A statement from the GAF indicated that argument between the soldier and a civilian led to the death of the latter

- The body has been deposited at the Police Hospital morgue in Accra

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The incident between a soldier and a civilian which led to the death of the latter is being investigated, according to a communique from the Ghana Armed Forces (GAF).

The GAF in a statement said the death of the young man happened during a lockdown operation.

The incident reportedly happened at Ashaiman in Accra on Sunday, April 5, 2020.

Civilian loses his life after soldier’s gun accidentally goes off

Mr. Eric Ofotsu was shot in Ashaiman by a soldier. Source: dailymailgh.com
Source: UGC

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The said incident, according to GAF, occurred when a civilian, Mr. Eric Ofotsu (A.K.A. No Yawa), tried to disarm a soldier who was conducting an arrest as part of the COVID-19 restrictions on the movement of persons.

The GAF in a statement said, “the civilian was being arrested on suspicion of indulging in illegal conduct contrary to the Narcotics Act”.

According to the Ghana Armed Forces, initial reports show that the suspect was resisting arrest and attempted to disarm the soldier leading to a struggle during which the soldier’s rifle accidentally went off.

The Army's statement further stated that the suspect sustained life-threatening injuries and while being conveyed to the hospital for medical attention, unfortunately, passed on.

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The body of the deceased has since been deposited at the Police Hospital morgue in Accra.

YEN.com.gh earlier reported that President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has announced that there would be no taxes on the salaries for all health workers for the next three months.

He additionally stated that there would be a 50% additional allowance of the basic salary for all frontline health workers who are helping save lives and fighting the coronavirus.

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