The Ghana Armed Forces (GAF) has confirmed it sanctioned Tuesday’s operation in the Accra suburb of Ashaiman
The Army said the operation was in response to the suspected murder of a soldier named Trooper Imoro Sherrif on Saturday, March 4.
GAF in a press statement explained that, although the military operation was sanctioned by the military high command, it was neither meant to avenge the death of its personnel nor target innocent people.
“GAF wishes to state categorically that the military operation, which was sanctioned by the Military High Command, was NOT to avenge the killing of the soldier but rather to fish out the perpetrators of the heinous crime.”
The Ghana Armed Forces in the statement announced that, following the operations at Ashaiman-Taifa and Tulaku, the military personnel picked up about 184 suspects aged between 21 and 47 years old and have since handed them over to the Military Police.
GAF said the persons picked up will later be handed over to the Ghana Police Service for screening and for further action.
“During the course of the swoop, the personnel seized 29 slabs and 57 mini slabs of suspected Indian hemp and amnesia among other forms of the narcotics.”
“The Ghana Armed Forces (GAF) also wishes to place on record that the swoop was not targeted at innocent civilians but was an intelligence–led operation conducted on suspected hideouts of criminals and crime-prone areas in the general area.”
On innocent persons being caught up in the mayhem unleashed at Ashaiman, GAF in its statement said it was regrettable.
“GAF however acknowledges that regrettably some innocent persons might have been caught up in the operation and consequently suffered some distress due to the location they found themselves at the time.”
GAF further urged residents to provide meaningful information to security agencies to help unravel the truth of the matter.