Commander-in-Chief of the Ghana Armed Forces, President Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo should be resigning for the military’s gross abuse of the constitution at Ashaiman, Martin Kpebu has stated.
The private legal practitioner says the brutalities meted out to residents of Ashaiman over the murder of their colleague was unconstitutional.
Since the laws bar the military from engaging in such acts, he cannot fathom why they went there in the first place.
He indicated that per Article 2(10), the Military “had no business going there to unleash this mayhem.”
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“By now we should have been on the streets that the President should resign,” he said on the Key Points on TV3 Saturday, March 11, 2023, while contributing to a discussion on the killing of a soldier, Imoro Sherrif at Asahiman.
According to Mr. Kpebu, “what the Military did was not a swoop, it was a mob justice, it was vengeance, not a swoop.”
For such actions to take place, the lawyer says “there must be reasonable suspicion before you swoop” which was adequately absent in the recent exercise at Ashaiman.
Martin Kpebu went on to express his condolences with the family of the slain soldier.
Imoro Sherrif’s body was found in a pool of blood near the Amania Hotel in Ashaiman and suspected to have been stabbed to death.
The Military High Command on Tuesday sanctioned an intelligence-led operation to fish out the perpetrators of the crime.
In the course of the operation, several civilians reported of brutalities meted out to them.
A Security Expert, Professor Kwesi Aning has also criticised the Military Command for how they reacted to the Ashaiman incident.
According to him, the response by the Ghana Armed Forces (GAF) in their statement was rushed, and not thought through.
In his view, the reaction of the GAF undermined their own credibility.
Speaking on the News 360 on TV3 Thursday, March 9, Professor Aning who is also the Director at the Faculty of Academic Affairs & Research, Kofi Annan International Peacekeeping Training Centre, said “The bigger challenge in the failure is that Parliament has not spoken, and the Parliamentary Committee on Defence and Interior, with a deputy who was a former personnel from the Ghana Police Service, ought to show leadership and that leadership is lacking.