Soldiers Storm Ashaiman Over Murder of Their Colleague, Video Captures Residents Being Brutalised

Soldiers Storm Ashaiman Over Murder of Their Colleague, Video Captures Residents Being Brutalised

  • Social media, especially Twitter, is buzzing with photos and videos of military brutality against residents of Official Town, a suburb of Ashaiman
  • The videos show armed military personnel beating up some residents, while others capture armoured military vehicles, including helicopters, roaming the town
  • Reports indicate that the assault by the military personnel is in response to an alleged stabbing to death of a young soldier in Ashaiman

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Videos trending on social media capture men in Ghana Armed Forces uniforms brutalising residents of Ashaiman Official Town, allegedly over the murder of one of their colleagues.

The incident has been described as scary by commentators with "Ashaiman" among the top five trends at 11:00 am on Tuesday, March 7, 2023.

Soldiers allegedly brutalise Ashaiman residents over murder of their colleague.
Imoro Sheriff, the soldier who was murdered (L) and military vehicles in the Ashaiman Official town suburb. Source: Twitter/@Aboa_Banku1, @Ghanaian_Times
Source: UGC

One of the victims of the incident told Accra-based local language TV, station, Onua TV, that the soldiers stormed the area on the dawn of Tuesday.

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“They are beating everyone they see. Their aircraft force helicopter is here. A lot of people have been injured. They number up to about fifty,” a female eyewitness who said she was hiding in her room told Onua TV in Twi.

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@utvghana posted a video showing an empty street with the caption:

"Fear grips Ashaiman residents as military men storm community over alleged killing of a young soldier."

@the_marcoli_boy also tweeted a video that looks that it was taken in secret with the caption:

"What is happening in Ashaiman be bad oo, see how dem make someone dey roll in mud, like he is literally in the mud"

@Biggieblack_ tweeted a video showing armoured military vehicles roaming the streets of the slum community with the following caption:

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"Charlie this go turn war for Ashaiman buh today I see the good use of Safo Katanka ammo car"

@SeshieDela also posted a video showing scores of muddy residents being whipped by a fully armed soldier with the caption:

"Ashaiman needs discipline. Too much impunity and recklessness."

Death of a soldier triggered military brutality

It has emerged that the death of a young soldier on March 4, 2023, is the reason the members of the Ghana Armed Forces are brutalising the Ashaiman Official Town residents.

Reports say 22-year-old Imoro Sheriff, the murdered soldier, was allegedly killed at Taifa, another suburb of Ashaiman, a predominantly slum community in the Greater Accra region.

The soldier was allegedly stabbed several times by unknown assailants.

Police are currently looking into the alleged stabbing to the death of the soldier.

Soldier’s stray bullet kills nursing mother reported in a previous story that a nursing mother Felicia Danquah lost her life after a stray bullet from warning shots fired by a military officer hit her stomach.

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Her baby was also hit by the stray bullet and had to be sent to the hospital for immediate medical care.

It was not clear why the soldier fired the warning shots but Felicia was among a group of people mourning one of their colleagues who died in an illegal mining pit.

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