Garu military brutality victims appeal for compensation

Some victims of the military brutality in Garu are struggling with complications from their injuries and are appealing for compensation or medical care from the government.

On October 29, 2023, military personnel raided the Garu township, dragging residents out of their homes and subjecting them to severe beatings, resulting in one death and several injuries.

Sixty-three-year-old Jacob Azure, a night security man at the Garu market, was among those injured.

He recounted how the military officers brutalized him, leaving him with a broken hand and limb in an interview with Metro TV.

Azure’s son, Aruk Robert, who is physically challenged, has been forced to abandon his mobile money business to care for his father, stating that the medical bills have drained his capital.

Apuyinga Zurka, another victim, was taken to Accra and charged alongside six others.

He expressed his determination to mobilize resources against the government for the “barbaric and merciless act.”

Other victims reported looting by the military officers, with some being forced to transfer mobile money into the officers’ phones.

Anaba Enoch, who bears scars from the brutality, appealed to the government to come to their aid.

The victims’ pleas come as they struggle to access medical care and compensation for their suffering.

By: Ibrahim Abode | | Ghana

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