SONA 2023: Some Ghanaians question President on his silence over insecurities in Ashaiman

SONA 2023: Some Ghanaians question President on his silence over insecurities in Ashaiman

Ghanaians hopes of getting comments regarding the brutalities unleashed by the military on residents in Ashaiman by the Commander-in-Chief of the Ghana Armed Forces, President Nana Addo Danquah Akuffo Addo have been dashed.

Many were hoping to hear a word or two on the incident by the President during his State of the Nation Address on Wednesday but were left disappointed.

It is barely 24 hours after the raid from the military onto the streets of Ashaiman, where a series of injuries have been inflicted on residents following the murder of a military officer, Trooper Sheriff Imoro who was reportedly stabbed in the town on March 4, 2023.

Violence-seeking gun-wielding military personnel raided Ashaiman on Tuesday dawn March 7, 2023, with helicopters and armored vehicles to thump civilians for allegedly stabbing the officer.

While reasons for the murder are yet to be identified, some Ghanaians, however, anticipated a remark from the President to condemn the act but found none in the 23-paged speech read by him in Parliament.

Innocent residents were lined up and devastatingly beaten in hopes of fishing out the perpetrators.

Social media has since been buzzing with images and videos of the devastating incident.

For some, they count their blessings for being able to evade the clinching claws of the military but are currently immobile since they have to seek protection from their rooms.

The Ghana Armed Forces (GAF) in a statement justified the brutalities explaining that the raid was not to avenge the death of the slain soldier but to fish out culprits of the heinous crime.
GAF announced later that its high command sanctioned the swoop.

Nonetheless, the GAF announced in the statement that in view of the operation at Ashaiman- Taifa and Tulaku, the military picked up about 184 suspects aged between 21 and 47 years old and handed them over to the military police.

The suspects are to be handed over to the police for screening and subsequent action, according to the GAF.

By Leonora Enyonam Annoh | | Ghana

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