Civilian shot dead in Ashaiman for breaching lock down rules

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A civilian has lost his life in Ashaiman for breaching rules governing the partial lock down in the Greater Accra Region.

The yet-to-be identified man, failed to heed a command from the soldier to leave the area and go home since he had nothing doing in the streets.

The man, reports indicate refused to obey the command forcing the man in uniform to hit him severally with a cane.

The victim however attempted to seize the soldier’s gun from him.

“In the ensuing battle over the gun, the solider’s gun went off and killed the man instantly…,” an eye witness who pleaded anonymity told GhanaNewsPage.Com.

Below is a release from the Military on the release:

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

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