The Commanding Officer of 4 Battalion, Lt Col Kwasi Ware Peprah has described as unfortunate the death of two people when security operatives clashed with some protesting youth in Ejura on Tuesday, June 29.
Appearing before the three-member committee investigating the disturbance which also led to the injury of four others on Wednesday, Lt Col Peprah said the aim of the military when they got to the scene was not to kill.
According to him, if that was the intention of the security personnel “we would have gotten not less than 100 people dying. It is just unfortunate [people died].”
The Commander also refuted the claim of using live bullets to disperse the crowd since this can be fatal.
He stated that some protestors were also wielding guns and firing back upon the arrival of the security operatives.
“When an M16 rifle fires, I know. When a G3 rifle fires, I know but the ordinary citizen and the media wouldn’t know. All you will hear is gunshots into the air. And since it started when the soldiers came, you will assume that it is only soldiers who are firing,” he said.
Responding to why an ambulance was not at the scene, Lt Col Peprah said his outfit is not responsible for getting ambulances for casualties.
“I think the Ejura administration as well as maybe the police should have considered the ambulance issue because we the Calm life Operation are not structured that way, we only react to incidents.”
The deceased met their untimely death while demonstrating against the murder of their colleague, Ibrahim Mohammed, also known as Kaaka which had occurred a few days before the disturbance.
The committee members include George Kingsley Koomson, Justice of the Court of Appeal as Chairman, Security Expert, Dr Vladimir Antwi Danso, Juliet Amoah, Executive Director of Penplusbyte, and a civil society organisation