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One dead over assault by soldiers in Garu – MP

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One of the victims of the recent military brutalities in Garu and Tempane in the Upper East Region has died. Eight of the residents who were also arrested and transferred to Accra have been released, with two of them still battling for their health. Over 50 people were hospitalized after some military personnel unleashed mayhem on the Garu residents on Sunday, October 29, 2023.

It is alleged that the military attack was in retaliation for an attack on some National Security operatives by a vigilante group in Garu. Providing an update on the matter to Citi News, the Member of Parliament (MP) for Garu, Albert Alalzuulga announced the death of one of the victims and the release of the eight persons arrested, adding that the military’s actions were unacceptable.

“It is sad to announce to you that one of the military brutality victims in Garu has died. It is a very sad development. The youth and everybody in the area are so saddened. We are so disappointed in the military and their actions. And we are disappointed in the government as well. What happened in Garu is most barbaric; it is most unfortunate. The residents who were arrested earlier were released on Friday. While some are home safely, others had to be taken to medical facilities due to their conditions.”

“We are already calling on the government to compensate the victims, and if possible, we may have to take legal action. I don’t think that the treatment of the people of Garu was fair. I think the government needs to address this. The military is taking Ghanaians for granted. It is our tax that has bought the uniforms they are wearing. It is our tax that has bought the vehicles and guns.”

Meanwhile, the National Security Minister, Albert Kan Dapaah, is expected to appear before Parliament on Thursday, November 9 to brief the house on the situation.

By: Nii Ayikwei Okine

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