The NPP Member of Parliament for the Nkoranza North, Major (rtd) Derick Oduro has defended the act of soldiers who are alleged to have brutalised a freelance journalist during the Independence Day parade.
The journalist, Kendrick Offei Ansah is claiming four soldiers subjected him to severe beatings when he followed them to the Osu castle barracks.
He opined that the soldiers asked him to follow them to the castle barracks after he attempted to video them [soldiers] assaulting a civilian at the beach located behind the Black Star square.
But to the surprise of many Ghanaians and the father of the victim, chairman of the defence committee of Parliament deputy defence minister-nominee, Major Oduro in an interview on Accra-based Starr FM said the soldiers did nothing wrong because some areas are prohibited for photographs.
“There are some areas and zones where pictures are not supposed to be taken. If the person was assaulted wrongly, it is wrong but something might have prompted the action. At times, we blow issues out of proportion.
“Many are concocting stories and we will need to investigate them. How can Kendrick be alive if he was beaten for 40 minutes? The victim has a mouth to talk. I do not think he was beaten for 40 minutes,” he said.