Two soldiers in Bolgatanga have reportedly brutalised a man over a missing phone belonging to their girlfriend.
Accra-based Starr FM reported on Wednesday that the man, Nashiru Yahaya, was beaten at Sawaba by the military men, who punched his eyes until they streamed blood in an exercise that lasted more than an hour.
Yahaya said after his ordeal that the soldiers attacked him after a lady who is said to be the girlfriend of one of the soldiers reported him to them for misplacing a phone she gave him to unlock.
He said the phone had got missing mysteriously and that he bought a new one to replace it but the young woman rejected it.
"That lady is more or less like a family friend. It was a small galaxy phone - Galaxy Young. I told her to give me some time to look for the phone. She ran out of patience. I was out of the house when my mother called to inform me that Alima came with two soldiers looking for me. The next day I bought a Galaxy Star phone for her. She rejected it.
“Then, the following day the lady called me to bring the phone that she wanted to assess it. I met her with the soldier men sitting. They asked, ‘Where is the phone?’ I gave the phone to her. Before I realised, one of them collected the phone and hit it on my eye. And they started beating me like someone who stole. It was when my family came and said they would buy another one they left me,” he was quoted as saying.
The Upper East Regional minister, Albert Abongo, who doubles as the chairman of the Regional Security Council (REGSEC), has said that the alleged brutality will be investigated, according to the report.
It comes barely a month after two soldiers with the Tamale Airborne Force allegedly beat a 16-year-old boy, whom they accused of stealing a mobile phone, until he became unconscious.