The Ghana Armed Forces have issued a statement signed by the Director General of Public Affairs, E Aggrey Quarshie, in response to the invasion of soldiers in Ashaiman on Monday, March 7th 2023.
The press release was made public in response to the murder of a young soldier named Imoro Sheriff, in the early hours of Saturday who was attending a course in Accra and had asked for permission to visit his parents in Ashaiman.
“Personnel of the Ghana Armed Forces(GAF) ON Tuesday 7th 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 (TrooperImoro Sheriff) in the early hours of Saturday 4th March 2023, at Ashaiman-Taifa” the press release pointed out.
The GAF revealed 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, picked up about 184 suspects aged between 21 and 47 years old and have since handed the over to the Military Police and subsequently to be sent to the Ghana Police for screening and further action. During the course of the swoop, the personnel seized 29 slabs and 57 mini slabs suspected to be Indian hemp and amnesia among other forms of narcotics, “they disclosed.
The statement revealed that the swoop was not targeted at innocent civilians but was an intelligence-led operation- conducted on a suspected hideout of criminals and a crime-prone area in the general area. The GAF also apologised to innocent persons who were caught up in the operation and suffered distress due to the location they found themselves.
“GAF accordingly wished to urge the general public to provide useful information, support the security agencies in weeding out criminals and miscreants from our communities and desist from shielding and conniving with such suspects in order to curb criminal activities in the country, ” they stated.