The Ghana Armed Forces issued an official statement explaining why they invaded Ashaiman after a young soldier was stabbed to death.
This comes after a young soldier named Trooper Imoro Sheriff was stabbed by unknown people in Ashaiman, prompting military personnel to flood the area and arrest the residents.
However, in a statement issued on Wednesday, February 8, 2023, the Ghana Armed Forces stated that their invasion of the Ashaiman community was not to avenge the soldier’s killers or to cause harm to the innocent residents, but to find the murderers.
According to the statement, 184 people aged 21 to 47 were arrested and handed over to the Military Police after being found with narcotics during their searches.
Below is the Statement Released By Ghana Armed Forces (GFA):
MILITARY CONDUCTS SWOOP AT ASHAIMAN TARGETED AT KILLERS OF YOUNG SOLDIER
“Personnel of the Ghana Armed Forces (GAF) on Tuesday 7 March 2023, conducted a swoop in Ashaiman and its environs in a man-hunt for some criminals, who are suspected to have stabbed and killed a young soldier (Trooper Imoro Sherrif) in the early hours of Saturday 4 March 2023, at Ashaiman-Taifa. Trooper Sherrif, who was stationed in Sunyani, was in Accra on Course and had sought permission to visit his parents at Ashaiman where he grew up, but was found in a pool of blood in the early hours of Saturday near the Amania Hotel in Ashaiman.
“GAF wishes to state categorically that the military operation, which was sanctioned by the Military High Command, was NOT to avenge the killing of the soldier but rather to fish out the perpetrators of the heinous crime. Following the operations at Ashaiman-Taifa and Tulaku, the military personnel picked up about 184 suspects aged between 21 and 47 years old and have since handed them over to the Military Police and subsequently to be sent to the Ghana Police Service for screening and for further action. During the course of the swoop, the personnel seized 29 slabs and 57 mini slabs of suspected indian hemp and amnesia among other forms
of the narcotics.
“The Ghana Armed Forces (GAF) also wishes to place on record that the swoop was not targeted at innocent civilians but was an intelligence-led operation conducted on suspected hideouts of criminals and crime prone areas in the general arca. GAF however acknowledges that regrettably some innocent persons might have been caught up in the operation and consequently suffered some distress due to the location they found themselves at the time.
“GAF accordingly wishes to urge the general public to provide useful information, support the security agencies in weeding out criminals and miscreants from our communities and to desist from shielding and conniving with such suspects in order to the curb criminal activities in the country.