Mahama Sympathises With Victims Of Ashaiman Military Brutality: “Many People Are innocent of Soldier’s Murder”

Mahama Sympathises With Victims Of Ashaiman Military Brutality: “Many People Are innocent of Soldier’s Murder”

  • John Mahama has reacted to the military brutality in Ashaiman in a Facebook post on Wednesday, March 8, 2023
  • He noted that while the killing of the young soldier at Ashaiman is unacceptable, the military operation on March 7, 2023, was also unacceptable
  • Mahama appealed to the military to allow the law to work as investigations commence to catch the killers of the young soldier, Imoro Sherrif

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Former president John Mahama has reacted to the military operation in Ashaiman, noting that the swoop on the populous municipality in the Greater Accra region affected many innocent people.

The Ghana Armed Forces released a statement on March 7, 2023, explaining that the Military High Command authorised an operation in parts of Ashaiman to catch the killers of a young military officer on March 4.

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Videos and images of the operation gripped the nation and got many condemning the military for heavy-handedness that resulted in the manhandling of innocent people.

John Mahama says the military must stop the extra-judicial operation in Ashaiman.
Former President John Mahama looks pensive in this old photo. Source: Facebook/@JDMahama
Source: UGC

Commenting on the issue in a post on Facebook on March 8, 2023, the most likely candidate for the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) in the 2024 presidential election said the military could have done things better.

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"I am deeply saddened by the death of one of our soldiers, at such a young age, in Ashaiman...As your former Commander in Chief, I do appreciate how such unexpected deaths affect the Force.
"However, I encourage you to exercise restraint and allow due process to investigate, apprehend, prosecute and punish the perpetrator(s) of the dastardly act." he said.

He observed that a lot of the Ashaiman residents and people who work there but were caught up in the brutal military operation were innocent of the killing of the young soldier, identified as Imoro Sherrif.

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"The military must, therefore, refrain from meting out extra-judicial justice to them," Mahama's Facebook post said.

Professor Kwasi Prempeh slams the military over Ashaiman

Meanwhile, reported in a separate story that Professor Henry Kwasi Prempeh slammed the military for the raid in Ashaiman on Tuesday dawn over the death of the soldier.

Prof H. Prempeh said in a post on Facebook on Tuesday, March 7, 2023, that the assault is scary if it was sanctioned by the military high command but even scarier if it did not.

The military says some 184 Ashaiman residents were rounded after the intelligence-led operation on a wet Tuesday morning.

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