A platoon of soldiers who are believed to be military personnel with the Ghana Air Force over the weekend reportedly bullied some civilian youth near Asutsuare Junction in the Shai Osudoku District of the Greater Accra Region.
It appeared that the incident followed a land ownership matter.
The Thunder was told that the military personnel went berserk in the area and allegedly assaulted five labourers working on a piece of land belonging to an estate developer.
The five are Haruna Mohammed, Inusah Ali, Amidjo Daniel, Paul Ocansey and Gideon Ametor.
According to the estate developer, Hajj Mohammed Hassan, he had deployed the men to work on his 357-acre piece of land at 8:30 am before proceeding to his office at Dodowa.
Independent reports suggested that about 1:20 pm the same day, five military men led by one WO1 Anthony Kukubor, occupying a Nissan Pick-up with registration number GT 5535 Y, accosted the labourers working at the site and began assaulting them, firing several warning shots in the process.
“I received a call around 1:20 pm from one of my boys on the plot that some soldiers have stormed the site and assaulting them,” recounted Hajj Mohammed Hassan. “I asked them what wrong they committed and they said they didn’t know what they had done wrong.”
“The boys said the military men drove there and called them to come to their car. When they obeyed the instruction, the soldiers came out of their vehicles wielding cudgels with which they started beating them.
They [labourers] began to run away. But the soldiers brought out their guns and began firing after them. I even heard the sound of the gunshots on the phone,” he added.
The military personnel, according to the workers, seized all their working tools on the field into the vehicle and drove off.
Perplexed with the actions of the soldiers, Hajj Mohammed Hassan said he asked two of his boys, Haruna Mohammed and nusach Ali to follow them on a motorbike to find out where they were going.
The military men reportedly drove to the Afienya Police Station in the Ningo Prampram District of the Greater Accra Region where the estate developer asked them to go to the station and give the phone to the police officer on duty so he could speak with him.
The presence of the two labourers at the police station reportedly infuriated the military men who allegedly pounced on their victims again and subjected them to severe beatings right at the police station.
“They again pounced on the boys at the Afienya Police Station…they severely assaulted them and the police had to put them at counter back [for their safety]. These soldiers managed to cross to the counter back and beat them again,” narrated Hajj Mohammed Hassan.
According to him, he then proceeded to the Doryumu Police Station where he lodged a complaint with the police after which, he together with the Police CID in charge of the Doryumu Police Station, Chief/Inspector Paul Nyarko, proceeded to the land site where two used shells were recovered.
The victims, he said, were issued with police medical forms to seek medical care with three of them, Amidjo Daniel, Paul Ocansey and Gideon Ametor being treated and discharged while Haruna Mohammed and nusach Ali, is still receiving treatment at the Dodowa District Hospital.
Asked if he was engaged in land litigation with anybody, Hajj Mohammed Hassan could only say that he legally acquired the land in 2018 from Nene Terkpertey Agbleze II, the chief of Kodiabe.
Meanwhile, Police Commander for the Doryumu District, DSP Jonathan Banini when contacted by GhanaWeb said he was currently away from the District and could therefore not speak on the issue.