Amnesty International, a human rights organization has called for an independent probe into a shooting incident at Ashaiman on Sunday which resulted in the death of one resident, Eric Ofotsu.
According to the group, the statement released by the Ghana Armed Forces (GAF) alone will not suffice in making a determination into what exactly transpired as there are conflicting reports among some residents who claimed to have seen the incident unfold.
Speaking on Accra-based Starr FM, Country Director of Amnesty International, Robert Akoto Amoafo described the incident as ‘regrettable’ and ‘one too many’ and insisted on the probe despite assurance from the GAF that they are investigating the matter.
“It was a regrettable incident that shouldn’t happen. It’s rather one too many that our security personnel seem to be mistakenly shooting people who are fighting or struggling with them over something. This is the second time we are hearing this that the security person is struggling with somebody and he shoots the individual. Now if you listen to the incident there are a lot of questions that we need to answer which I don’t think is enough for us to hear from the military alone.”
“I think it’s quite also problematic that the military rushes to bring out a press release that seems to not answer a lot of questions but give us only information from their side which gives us a little suspicion around this that needs a little more probing to be done,” he said.
For the probe, Amnesty International wants the Special Prosecutor to form a team which comprises of civilians, residents and security experts and not just from the security agencies in order to make a full disclosure of the unfortunate incident.
He further called for a withdrawal of the military personnel from the Ashiaman municipality since their image at the moment in the community is not the best.
“I enjoin the SP to call for an immediate independent investigation on this matter and also to say that whatever independent team that will be set up should be civilians. We should not put together a group of security personnel to say they are doing investigations. It should have civilians, it should have people within the community to represent, we should have people who are experts in security and other measures in the team that will do this investigation so that the community sees that it is representative enough and it is something that is also in their own interest.”
“Secondly, I think that it is important that the security in that area should be beefed up and the military moved out of that area and only the police should be there because now that the image of the military in that community is not the best, I don’t think it’s even in their own interest to have their people within that community,” he added.