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Ashaiman MP calls for an independent investigation into the military raid

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Ashaiman MP calls for an independent investigation into the military raid

Ernest Henry Norgbey, Member of Parliament (MP) for the Ashaiman Constituency, has called for the formation of an independent committee of enquiry to investigate the invasion of some military men in Ashaiman following the death of a soldier in the area, Trooper Imoro Sherrif.

According to him, the Committee must be able to identify all of the officers and bring them to justice for dehumanising the area’s innocent residents.

According to Ernest Norgbey on Citi News, once formed, the committee will be able to solve all of the mysteries surrounding the soldiers’ invasion.

“This is the only way we can unravel the mystery surrounding the invasion. The Military High Command has admitted that it sanctioned the invasion and for what purpose it sanctioned the invasion is another matter that we have to delve into. When that is done, it won’t be peculiar to Ashaiman but recommendations that will be made will prevent military invasion in other communities”, he said.

Military personnel stormed Ashaiman with helicopters and armoured vehicles on Tuesday, March 7, 2023, to brutalise civilians following the death of a military officer who was stabbed in the town on Saturday, March 4, 2023.

In a statement, the Ghana Armed Forces (GAF) justified the brutality, saying that the raid was not to avenge the soldier’s death, but to apprehend the perpetrators of heinous crimes.

GAF announced that the swoop had been approved by its high command. During the swoop, the military arrested 184 suspects, but they were all later released.

The key suspects in the murder of Imoro Sheriff were apprehended by the police after a week of a sustained intelligence-led operation.

The arrest was made solely on the basis of police intelligence, with no military involvement. Members of Parliament from the Defence and Interior Committees, as well as the Ministry of Defence and the Military High Command, will visit the Ashaiman community later this week as part of their investigation into the disturbing development.

Source: citinewsroom.com

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Police arrest criminals in a viral video who threaten to hurt victims

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They are now in police custody, collaborating with investigations.

Police have detained two suspects who were seen in a viral video brandishing firearms and threatening victims who resisted them during their robberies.

On November 19, 2023, police apprehended the two suspects.

The men, Kwame Sarpong and Ibrahim Mohammed were shown in a viral video holding machetes and knives and threatening anyone who tried to stop them.

The two suspects, known as ‘Aputuogya gangsters,’ were apprehended in their hideaway in Aputuogya, Kumasi, Ashanti Region.

They are now in police custody, collaborating with investigations.

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Two Jubilee House soldiers and a GIS officer have been arrested on suspicion of robbery

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According to the prosecution, on November 10, 2023, the immigration officer, Richard Okyere, who was driving a Mitsubishi L200 with the registration number GS - 1116- 11, picked up the two military officers at their duty post at the Jubilee House before proceeding to pick up the other two military men at Pokuase and the last suspect at Asamankese before heading to Akyem Akanteng. At 3:00 a.m. on November 11, 2023, the suspects armed with military guns and dressed in military clothes stormed the residence of the complainant, 55-year-old Ofori Samuel, a Cocoa buying clerk in Akyem Akanteng, and demanded GH100,000.00 in exchange for his life.

The Koforidua Circuit Court B has remanded four military soldiers, an Immigration Officer, and a private security guard in police prison for armed robbery in Akyem Akanteng in the Lower West Akim Municipality of the Eastern Region.

Sergeant Mensah Dominic, 41, and L/Cpl Tetteh Wayo, 43, are both from the Jubilee House. L/CPL Nyarko Bernard, 28 years old, is stationed in the ABF’s Tamale command unit, while PTE Eric Anim, 23 years old, is stationed at the 11th Mechanised Infantry Battalion in Accra but is now on leave.

Richard Okyere, L.C.O. 27-year-old immigration officer stationed at the Ministry of Interior, and 28-year-old Kelvin Marfo, a private security guard at the 5th Hour Mining Company in Akyem Akwatia.

According to the prosecution, on November 10, 2023, the immigration officer, Richard Okyere, who was driving a Mitsubishi L200 with the registration number GS – 1116- 11, picked up the two military officers at their duty post at the Jubilee House before proceeding to pick up the other two military men at Pokuase and the last suspect at Asamankese before heading to Akyem Akanteng.

At 3:00 a.m. on November 11, 2023, the suspects armed with military guns and dressed in military clothes stormed the residence of the complainant, 55-year-old Ofori Samuel, a Cocoa buying clerk in Akyem Akanteng, and demanded GH100,000.00 in exchange for his life.

The complainant, who was terrified by the firearms, indicated that he had no money but could pay them 10,000 cash, which could be acquired by selling a 5 gramme of gold ore in his possession, which was valued at GH 29,000. The suspects then forced the complainant into his room, stole the gold, and fled.

The complainant immediately phoned the Akwatia Police Commander and an Osenase police officer to report the crime. However, luck evaded the culprits, and they were captured by authorities at the Osenase police checkpoint.

After being brought to the Akwatia Police Station, the suspects were found with two military rifles with serial numbers A0082460 and A0056937, four magazines, 62 rounds of live ammo, and a helmet.

According to the prosecution, during interrogations of the accused persons by the District Commander in the presence of other police officers, the first accused person handed over to the commander the 5 pounds of gold ore that the complainant previously reported was robbed from him by the accused persons.

The docket was taken over by the RCID, Kibi, the same day, along with the aforementioned exhibit of 5 pounds of gold for further examination.

Meanwhile, the Mitsubishi L200 with licence plate GS 1116-11 used by the accused has been detained at the Eastern South Regional Headquarters for further action.

The prosecution further stated that upon receipt of the case docket, all of the accused people’ departments were notified.

The suspects were remanded by the court presided over by Matilda Ribeiro to reappear on November 28th, 2023 after prosecution Assistant State Attorney Micdad Iddrisu prayed the court to remand the suspects to allow the police to continue their investigations.

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Ashanti region: Two people killed and several injured in fight between forestry officers and miners

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However, there have apparently been disagreements in recent years between forestry inspectors and miners over mining activity in the region. Forestry authorities have argued that the aforementioned region is inside the forestry zone and that the miners lack legal documentation to back up their claim that the area has been designated for community mining. As a result of this, when forestry officials rushed the location on Friday, a confrontation followed, resulting in the fatalities. According to Abu Issah, Assembly member of the Mfante electoral region, who verified the event to Citi News, the inhabitants are living in dread as a result of the incident, and many of them have begun abandoning the area.

Following an alleged fight between forestry officials and miners at Mfante near Tepa in the Ahafo Ano North municipality of the Ashanti region, two people were reportedly shot dead, while two others were injured.

The event happened on Friday at a community mining site in the region when forestry authorities allegedly raided the location and shot two of the people defending the site dead.

Two of the miners were also injured and are being treated at the Tepa Government Hospital.

The government, through the Ministry of Lands and Natural Resources, initiated the community mining initiative at Mfante in 2021, with the goal of employing 2000 people in the region.

However, there have apparently been disagreements in recent years between forestry inspectors and miners over mining activity in the region.

Forestry authorities have argued that the aforementioned region is inside the forestry zone and that the miners lack legal documentation to back up their claim that the area has been designated for community mining.

As a result of this, when forestry officials rushed the location on Friday, a confrontation followed, resulting in the fatalities.

According to Abu Issah, Assembly member of the Mfante electoral region, who verified the event to Citi News, the inhabitants are living in dread as a result of the incident, and many of them have begun abandoning the area.

As a result, he is urging the government to resolve the matter by providing the relevant documents on the community mining project in the region.

Police are presently investigating the event, and the grieving family is demanding justice.

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