The Military has described the death of some individuals in Ejura in the Ashanti region when the officers fired at the protesting crowd as unfortunate.
The Battalion Commander, Lt Col Kwasi Ware Peprah said the aim was not to kill anybody.
He said this when he appeared before the three-member committee that is probing the disturbances that occurred in Ejura in the Ashanti Region.
“There was no plan to kill anyone during the Ejura disturbance. The aim was not to kill, it was just unfortunate. If the aim was to kill then hundred people would have died.”
The Chair of the Committee who is also a Court of Appeal Judge George Kingsley Koomson, recommended to the Ghana Armed Forces (GAF) to apply for plastic bullets to use in controlling crowd in Ghana.
He rejected the use of live bullets to disperse crowd since this can be fatal.
He said this when the General Officer Commander- Central Command, Brigadier General Josephs Aphour appeared before the Committee on Wednesday July 7.
“I think the Military will put in application for platcis bullets we are talking at human lives, don’t be applying fir live bullet,” Justice Kingsley Koomson said.
The committee was formed by Interior Minister Ambrose Dery following the gruesome murder of Macho Kakaa in Ejura over the weekend.
There was also a violent clash among the military officers and the youth of the area who were demonstrating in that town on Tuesday, June 29 following the murder.
This led to the death of two persons with four sustaining various degrees of injury.
Brigadier General Josephs Aphour while answering questions posed by members of the Committee said “My Battalion Commander called me the day of the incident that that was happening in Ejura, the indent that we all know.
“Then I had a call from the Chairman of REGSEC that the situation was getting out of control and that there was the need for us at Operations Calm Lives to move inside, if not things will get out of control.”
By Laud Nartey|3news.com|Ghana