The Member of Parliament for the Ashaiman constituency, Ernest Norgbey is threatening to file a suit against the Ghana Armed Forces (GAF) following military torture of residents in the aftermath of the murder of the young military officer, Sherrif Imoro.
The MP said he will soon be heading to court with pressure group ‘Ashaiman Lives Matter’ to seek justice for the victims who were manhandled by the military.
He said they will also be petitioning the Commission on Human Rights and Administrative Justice (CHRAJ).
Military personnel stormed Ashaiman on Tuesday dawn March 7, 2023, with helicopters and armoured vehicles, to torture civilians following the murder of a military officer, Trooper Sherrif Imoro, who was allegedly stabbed in the town on Saturday, March 4, 2023. As a Muslim, Imoro, was on March 9 laid to rest.
His remains were transported from the 37 Military Hospital mortuary to the Burma Camp military cemetery where the final funeral rites were performed.
Speaking to Citi News, the legislator said, “we are preparing to go to court, and we are putting everything together, either we petition CHRAJ or go to court, or we do both. Because we realized that there’s human rights abuse in this matter, and so their dignitaries must be restored. We are making frantic efforts to proceed to court or CHRAJ or both”.
The group in a statement called on President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo to immediately set up a committee to probe brutalities meted out to residents of Ashaiman by some soldiers.
The group made up of former MP, Alfred Agbesi and current MP Ernest Norgbey in the statement condemned the military invasion.
The Ghana Armed Forces (GAF) in a statement justified the brutalities adding that the raid was not to avenge the death of the soldier but to fish out perpetrators of heinous crimes. GAF announced that its high command sanctioned the swoop.
The GAF in the statement announced that following the operation 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 suspects will later be handed over to the police for screening and further action.
The MP for the area said all the 184 persons have been released by the military.