The Regent of Ashaiman, Nii Annang Adzor, has condemned the gruesome murder of the young soldier, Trooper Imoro Sherrif, and the subsequent military brutalities at Ashaiman-Taifa, describing both acts of lawlessness.
In an interview with the Daily Statesman on the aftermath of the murder and subsequent brutalities on innocent residents at Taifa and Tulaku, Nii Annang stressed the need for civilians to respect uniformed men, and for uniformed men to reciprocate for the purposes of building a friction-free society.
Nii Annang cautioned that no one has the right to take the life of any uniformed man in their respective communities.
According to him, it can have dire consequences on innocent residents, citing Denkyira-Obuase as a practical example. He therefore argued that whether the officer was alone at an odd hour or otherwise, it didn’t warrant any form of attack on his person.
“I wouldn’t sit here and support evil. The murder of the young military officer must be condemned by all right-thinking Ghanaians. The rights and privileges in our 1992 constitution are clearly stated. We must, as a people, imbibe the values of treating each other with the necessary respect in order to create a conducive environment for individuals to carry out their mandate without any form of hindrance,” he explained.
He urged the people of Taifa, who were brutalized, to remain resolute, as his outfit does everything possible to ensure that the incident never occurs again.
Nii Annang also admonished members of the community to discard any thoughts aimed at engaging in reprisal attacks, particularly on other military men in the area. This, he indicated, wouldn’t augur well for anybody, considering the numerous efforts that led to redefining Ashaiman and positioning it on the spotlight.
“Over the years, we have worked tirelessly to inform the people of Ashaiman of the positive things they have in store for the Greater Accra Region and, by extension, Ghana. These initiatives worked perfectly until the sudden murder of the soldier. Let’s behave with the prospects of Ashaiman in mind, and take decisions that will uplift the image of the town, not run it into the mud,” he warned.
Nii Annang further hinted of a meeting with the deceased military officer’s family, saying “plans are underway to support them in order to give the young hero a befitting funeral”.