Soldier ‘accidentally’ kills civilian to enforce lockdown in Ghana


The Ghana Armed Forces (GAF) has said it is investigating the death of a man who was said to have been shot by a soldier during a lockdown operation.

The incident reportedly happened at Ashaiman in Accra on Sunday, April 5, 2020.

The said incident, according to GAF, occurred when a civilian, Mr. Eric Ofotsu (A.K.A. No Yawa), tried to disarm a soldier who was conducting an arrest as part of the COVID-19 restrictions on movement of persons.

The GAF in a statement said, “the civilian was being arrested on suspicion of indulging in illegal conduct contrary to the Narcotics Act”.

According to the Ghana Armed Forces, initial reports show that the suspect was resisting arrest and 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”, GAF said in a release.

Read full statement below:

By Jonathan Ofori, Daily Mail GH

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