Kasoa Brutalities; Soldiers Still In Trouble – GAF


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To clarify issues, GAF has released a statement saying it has not issued any report clearing the soldiers involved in Kasoa brutalities of any wrong doing from the incident.

There were reports on Accra based Joy FM suggesting that the Ghana Armed Forces (GAF) have cleared 23 soldiers of any wrongdoing in the Kasoa Millennium City incident in September 2015, which resulted in the death of one person and left two others seriously injured. According to the report, the investigation concluded that the soldiers involved in the Kasoa Brutalities were defending themselves when they shot at three people during the demolition exercise.

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However to clarify issues, GAF has released a statement saying it has not issued any report clearing the soldiers involved in Kasoa brutalities of any wrong doing from the incident. The statement which was signed signed by the GAF Deputy Director for Information and Press Relations, Commander M.A Larbi, said that the agency has not issued any statement or granted any interview to that effect.

It was pointed out in the statement that the Director of Public Relations notified Joy FM News Editor that the story was false. Also it was noted that the said Editor subsequently confirmed that neither she nor the reporter, Joseph Opoku Gakpo saw any Military Report on the issue. Hence, it was concluded that the report could have emanated from their ‘undisclosed’ sources.

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It was also revealed that the voice used in the story was “a recording of an old interview granted to Joseph Opoku Gakpo under a different circumstance and within a different context on 8 January 2016”. The GAF made it clear that investigations are still ongoing on the incident and that they have keen eyes on matter.

It was an ugly incident on September 3, 2015 when violence ensued over a piece of land in Kasoa Oku near Kasoa, as the supposed owner arrived with a military team to demolish properties on it. Some residents in the area had demanded that the owner of the land provided a court order permitting him to embark on the demolition. An altercation subsequently ensued leading to shootings by the soldiers which left one of the residents dead and three others injured.