Ghana Army Investigates Murder Of Civilian In Covid-19 Lockdown Operation
By Melvin Tarlue
The Military in Ghana are conducting an investigation into a reported ‘accidental’ killing of a civilian in the Ashiaman suburb of the national capital, Accra.
The incident, African Entertainment gathered, occurred on Sunday, April 5, a day Ghanaian Christians in major cities like Tema, Accra and Kumasi, observed their Palm Sunday under lockdown.
The Ghana Armed Forces hours after the killing, issued a statement through its public relations directorate, saying it was investigating the ‘accidental’ killing.
According to the Army in the statement signed by its Director of Public Relations, E. Aggrey-Quashie, the civilian had attempted to disarm a soldier who was conducting an arrest as part of Operation Covid Safety.
The Army say 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 Army say.
According to the Army, 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, according to the statement.
There is a two-week lockdown in Kumasi, Accra and Tema due to the outbreak of Covid-19 in the West African nation.
The country has so far recorded 214 confirmed cases and five deaths.