Slain soldiers laid to rest

The soldier who was allegedly murdered in Ashaiman by unknown assailants has been laid to rest, in accordance with Islamic rites.

Imoro Sheriff, 21, was buried yesterday, after the necessary Muslim rites had been performed, including a prayer offered by the National Chief Imam, Sheik Osman Nuhu Sharubutu.

The Military was well represented, with the soldiers expressing sad emotions together with family and loved ones.

The burial followed an autopsy at the 37 Military Hospital mortuary days after he was pronounced.

His body was interred at the new military cemetery at Tseaddo near Teshie in the Greater Accra Region on yesterday.

The young soldier, who was a trumpeter, had been stationed with the Ghana Armed Forces Band in Sunyani.


Meanwhile, the Commission for Human Rights and Administrative Justice (CHRAJ) has condemned last Tuesday’s military exercise.

Although the action by the military was widely considered as a move to avenge the slain soldier, the Ghana Armed Forces, in a statement, explained that the exercise was an “intelligence-led operation.”

However, reacting to the incident, Joseph Whittal, the Commissioner for Human Rights and Administrative Justice, told Joy Newsthat the exercise does not pass the test for an intelligence-led operation, while adding that the military acted wrongly.

“Because of their personal interest they come (to Ashaiman), takeover the law and do what they want. I completely condemn it. It is degrading and dehumanizing treatment to put such persons who are going to their work arrest them, make them do press ups in mud, sitting down with all their clothing removed apart from some briefs is completely unacceptable and that this is exacted by the army of Ghana? It’s completely unacceptable,” the Commissioner remarked.

He added that “any defense of it by any leadership of the military is a misplaced support. We need to call what is wrong, wrong and this is completely wrong.”

When asked about the fears of reprisals from aggrieved residents, Mr. Whittal noted that the military still have weapons that they can always apply.

“The community of Ashaiman should hold themselves and allow lawful bodies like the Ghana police to Investigate and take the right steps,” he stated.



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