The Member of Parliament for Kpone Katamanso, Joseph Akuerteh Tettey, has alleged that some of his constituents were forced to consume cow dung and wastewater from a slaughterhouse by some military officers.
According to the MP, the incident was an extension of military brutality on residents of Ashaiman to his area after a soldier was allegedly killed by some unknown persons over the weekend.
In an interview with RCNews‘ Nii Ayikwei, the lawmaker demanded an apology and psychological support for the affected persons.
“These military officers dragged and compelled some of the workers at Tulaku to go and drink the waste water of the slaughter House. If you know that place very well, you will be appalled by some of these activities… They were also forced to take the feces of the cattle and that has affected them psychologically.”
The MP added that even though he is yet to receive documented evidence from the victims, the behavior of the soldiers has traumatized his constituents.
Meanwhile, a pressure group – Ashaiman Lives Matter – has called on President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo to immediately set up a committee to probe brutalities meted out to residents of Ashaiman by some soldiers.
The group made up of former MP, Alfred Agbesi and current MP Ernest Norgbey in a statement condemned the invasion of Ashaiman by some soldiers who brutalised and arrested over 150 people.
The group is also demanding compensation for victims assaulted by the soldiers.
The invasion followed the death of a young soldier who was stabbed to death by some unknown assailants in the community.
“We are currently in a constant state of fear for our dear lives because the soldiers told the residents that it is a Month’s Operation and they have instructions from above to put the fear of God in them to avenge the murder of the fallen soldier.
“Ladies and Gentlemen of the press we the people of Ashaiman condemn the beastly acts of the Ghana Armed Forces, and we also call for President of the Republic of Ghana His Excellency Nana Akufo-Addo Danquah, the Commander-in-Chief of the Ghana Armed Forces to do same and render an unqualified apology to the Good People of Ashaiman for the criminal acts of his troops.”
The group also called on the media, civil society, the Ghana Bar Association, and the clergy among others to condemn the violence and criminal acts of the soldiers.
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