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Civilian ‘accidentally’ shot dead in lockdown operation

A man in Ashaiman has been shot dead during an operation by security forces enforcing the president’s lockdown orders.

The military, in a statement, said the man died after a soldier’s weapon discharged accidentally.

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MILITARY PRESS RELEASE

The Ghana Armed Forces is investigating an incident that occurred in Ashiaman, Accra on Sunday 5 April 2020.The incident involved an attempt by a civilian to disarm a soldier who was conducting an arrest as part of OP COVID SAFETY.

The civilian was being arrested on suspicion of indulging in illegal conduct contrary to the Narcotics Act. Initial reports are that the suspect in resisting arrest attempted to disarm the soldier leading to a struggle during which the soldier’s rifle accidentally went off.

The suspect sustained life-threatening injuries and while being conveyed to the hospital for medical attention unfortunately passed on. The body has been deposited at the Police Hospital morgue in Accra.

Investigations have already commenced into the incident.
The Ghana Armed Forces wishes to assure the general public that details of its investigations will be duly communicated.

SIGNED
E AGGREY-QUASHIE
Colonel
Director Public Relations

Issued by the Public Relations Directorate, General Headquarters, Burma Camp, Accra

Tel: +233-302774511 Fax: +233-302772241 Email: website-dpr@ghq.mail.gh Release No.7

5 April 2020

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51 Comments
  1. Anonymous says

    Just stay home nso hassacas

  2. Emmanuel Sly says

    Enforcing the lockdown directives also include searching for narcotics substance?

    1. Anonymous says

      😲😯😳🙁

    2. Anonymous says

      Does it also mean you can indulge in crimes?

      1. Anonymous says

        Borga they are there for a purpose and for that matter they should stick to what they have been asked to do

    3. Anonymous says

      Ghanaian journalists always spicing their reports. So sad.

  3. Anonymous says

    Why use guns if you are only around to ensure that citizens stay home and not go out….

    1. Anonymous says

      Good question to ask.

      1. Anonymous says

        By all means people are going to misbehave, and as a security personal u must be having a gun for protection and self defense too…

        1. Anonymous says

          Yes u have to but u don’t hav to shoot the person and say am Sory . Aaah what kind of heart is the military man having. God will judge each one of us accordingly

    2. Anonymous says

      Why should you get out if you don’t have any good reason? Obedience shouldn’t be a war.

    3. Darlynton says

      Because stupid people high on drugs playing gta v will attack

    4. Anonymous says

      Because the is used to hunt animals in the bush

    5. Anonymous says

      Have you ever a soldier on duty without his gun?

    6. Spirito says

      Good question, this is absurd. This nonsense will only happen in Ghana. Thought soldiers were more discipline but those act is just more foolishness and should go unpunished

  4. Anonymous says

    Simple instruction stay home. How difficult is that?

    1. Castro says

      it may be simple for you since you have a place u call home, food to eat 3 times a day and water to drink. think before you judge. not everyone is privileged as you may be

      1. anonymous says

        Can you go to work with out tools? That is their tool so it must be on them anytime they are working. Thanks

        1. Anonymous says

          First of all, I don’t know if most of the people commenting here live in Ghana. If u do, u will know driving around Circle and a whole lot of areas in Accra and Kumasi in the night that there are a lot of unfortunate homeless people. Now we as a nation should understand that not everyone in this lockdown areas have a place to lock themselves or the money to stock up on food.
          Now for the shooting, I watched an eye witness interview. Narcotics arrested have nothing to do with beating a person with a stick or putting a gun in a human being throat and killing him like an animal. We as people should have the ethics to care for the poor and vulnerable in our society instead of wasting them away. You should come to the west and see what is being done to help people in this lockdown and hard times. Let’s not make excuses for our military and politicians but instead hold them responsible.

          1. Anonymous says

            U ar very wise paa

          2. Spirito says

            Yes I agree, all millitary men involved in this stupid act should be brought to book. A big shame to the Ghanaian millitary force.

      2. SK says

        Senseless, always Ghanaians have something to complain about. Do you think this lockdown is a punishment . If you get this virus now it will be a cost on the government. How I wish you will get this Corona virus like you will learn sense and appreciate.

    2. Anonymous says

      Do you want to know how difficult it is?
      Are you saying this because you have food stuffs packed in your room?
      Consider those of us who have to work daily to eat daily

      1. FREDDY says

        BE TRUTH TO YOUR SELF BUDDY ! DO U MEAN I THE NUMBER OF CORNAVIRUS CASES GALLOP AND THERE IS A TOTAL SHUTDOWN. U WONT HAVE FOOD TO EAT? IF YOU HAVE ENOUGH WILL YOU SHARE WITH THOSE WHO NEED IT. THE GUY IS INVOLVED IN AN ILLEGAL ACTIVITY WHO KNOWS IF HE CARRY THE VIRUS? HE MIGHT HAVE INFECTED OTHER PEOPLE TOOO

  5. Anonymous says

    This military man must be promoted. He shld train his friends how to do it. Cap Mahama death won’t happen again. Though we are to stay home if you give reasonable explanation they wld give you green light why disobeying them? We shld advise our self.

    1. Pierro says

      So they were right to kill someone??

      1. Anonymous says

        Why did he try to disarm the military man?

        1. Anonymous says

          Good question

      2. FREDDY says

        SELF DEFENCE MY DEAR.

    2. Anonymous says

      You’re very insensitive. We’re talking about human life . Do you know the number of sins that soldier might have committed ?

    3. Tj says

      You are very stupid
      Soldiers do whatever they want because they have a gun
      What’s with this Coronavirus in Ghana
      Some Ghanaians are so dumb
      There’s no COVID-19 here and the political parties are using our name to obtain huge dunes of money from various institutions and organisations.
      Why do you think the lockdown is over now that their claiming there COVID-19 cases are going up.

  6. Anonymous says

    These security personnels are over enforcing this lockdown thing. 3de3n ? Ah!! beating and bullying citizens here and there forgetting they are also common citizens like us without their uniforms.. Abi the guy is dead ah

  7. Anonymous says

    I wish nana addo,s family member is shot dead
    Why did he put our lives in danger with these trigger happy fools

    1. SK says

      The government have to promote this military man. I have realized that nowadays most people want to take the military for granted. We should know that they have devoted their live for us. Most Ghanaians become so happy whenever a video come out and a military personnel is being beaten sometimes to death. If this passed away man was able to disarmed the soldier, you people will talk against it. THE ONLY THING MOST PEOPLE WANT TO HEAR IS THAT, A SOLDIER IS BEATEN AND KILLED.

  8. Akanyange says

    The Guinean COVID-19 patient who escaped at Tamale should have rather been shot dead by now! She was moving with a biological weapon that for sure she has shot more than 10 people by now. Instead, we chose to send her to a luxurious apartment for self isolation whilst the other 10 people that she might have shot them move around shooting 10 people each and it goes on and on.

    So what type of democracy are we practicing? Democracy that chooses to shoot and kill civilians having narcotics in their possession but spares stupid foreigners carrying biological weapons around!

    I mean, come to think of Ghanaians who have killed in the diaspora apparently for stupid reasons. What didn’t happen in The Gambia and Libya?

    I sometimes look worried how the kind of democracy we are practicing is stabbing us at the back!

    1. Anonymous says

      Have been killed*

    2. FREDDY says

      YOUR WORDS SOUND LIKE SUGAR BUT CAN CAUSE SERIOUS DAMAGE. LET ME TELL U MY DEAR THAT PERSON WHO ESCAPED CANNOT BE FOUND AND WHEN HE IS FOUND WE HAVE TO TEST AND FIND OUT HE HAS THE VIRUS U CANT JUST KILL PEOPLE ANY HOW. WHY DO WE FORGET SOO SOON WHAT CIVILIANS DID TO MAJOR MAHAMA WHEN HE COULD NOT DEFEND HIMSELF

    3. Anonymous says

      God bless u

  9. Anonymous says

    Enforcing the lockdown directives also include searching for narcotics substance?

    1. Anonymous says

      Fact that we are under lockdown doesn’t mean anyone can do narcotics and go freely.
      His problem was he tried to disarm the soldier man and no soldier will let you disarm him hw3. Next time they’ll respect the police and military

    2. Anonymous says

      I hope you will call for help from these security personnel during the lockdown

    3. FREDDY says

      YES. HE WHO SELL ANY OTHER THING OTHER THAN FOOD AND MEDICINE IS ASKED TO STAY HOME HOW MUCH MORE NARCOTIC SUBSTANCE. OR U USE NARCOTIC IF I MAY ASK?

  10. Anonymous says

    Have you ever seen a soldier on duty without his gun?

  11. Anonymous says

    I am not sure and believe it was accidentally, what are you talking about .God will judge as all one by one .

  12. Anonymous says

    Only God knows

  13. Anonymous says

    Sharp

  14. Anonymous says

    Those happy for the gun shoot how will u feel if this person is your blood.

    1. Anonymous says

      Ask them for me

  15. SK says

    Senseless, always Ghanaians have something to complain about. Do you think this lockdown is a punishment . If you get this virus now it will be a cost on the government. How I wish you will get this Corona virus like you will learn sense and appreciate.

  16. kk says

    I’m npp but very disappointed. According to eye witness on JOY NEWS the guy didn’t try disarming the military man. He hit the poor guy with a stick and later received orders to shoot the guy.lets not judge by only believing the army one sided statement.lets care for our fellow ghanaians because we could also be shot and a gun placed by our body just to cover up. educated people making comments should be slow to accept a one sided statement after such incidents.

  17. Anonymous says

    We are talking about human life here pls

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