The Public Relations Officer (PRO) for the Ghana Armed Forces (GAF), Col. Aggrey Quarshie has assured that soldiers deployed to the area will not manhandle Denkyiraboase residents following the gruesome murder of Captain Maxwell Mahama.
Col. Quarshie added the soldiers have been advised not to avenge their colleague’s death by brutalising residents.
‘They are not there to threaten anybody but definitely they will help to provide protection for the investigators. I don’t think the officers will go brutalizing anybody because they have been spoken to. A whole Chief of Army staff has been there so I don’t think the officers will go brutalizing people,” he allayed fears.
He indicated that the military men are there to perform a duty and until the task order is withdrawn, they will continue to be there.
“Our personnel are still on the ground, they went there to perform a duty and until the task order is withdrawn, they will continue to be there. And that is even the more reason why they need to develop good neighborliness with the people and the people should also understand that they are there in their own interest so they can operate peacefully together,” he said.
Speaking on Eyewitness News, he indicated that the investigators would ensure that Captain Mahama’s pistol which residents claim was with him will be retrieved.
“Definitely…If they themselves have seen that the man was carrying the pistol , then definitely somebody has the pistol so they need to find the pistol. There are investigators there and so I am sure it will be part of the things they will be looking for,” he said.
So far five persons have been arrested by the police.
Captain Mahama was mistaken for an armed robber on Monday, pelted with stones and burnt to death at Denkyiraboase on his way from jogging by an irate youth who claimed robbers have been terrorising residents.