Some soldiers in the Northern Regional capital, Tamale went on rampage, attacking police officers and some residents earlier today [Wednesday], following the arrest of their colleague.
Narrating the incident, a journalist with Diamond FM, Mohammed Ibn Arthur said the soldiers launched the attack in protest of their colleague who had been arrested for attacking a taxi driver.
“A military man had a problem with a taxi driver, and he seized the taxi and beat the taxi driver up, so he [taxi driver] subsequently reported to the Police. The police picked up the military officer but the military protested the move, saying they would not allow that to happen.
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“The military men were in an armoured car which was fully armed. They beat almost everybody they saw including residents.”
Mr Arthur added that this about the third time such an incident had occurred in the area.
“This is about the third time this is happening just within a year. If you recollect, some three months ago, the Police arrested a military man who was misbehaving. They sent him to the cells, and the military did not take it lightly at all. They beat them up properly. The town was very quiet until we saw a statement from the Police indicating that calm had returned to the area, so I am not surprised this incident repeated itself.”
Similar incidents involving the military and police officers have been recorded in other regions.
In March 2018, a police officer with the Bolgatanga Special Weapons and Tactics Unit of the Ghana Police Service was assaulted by some uniformed men believed to be members of the military.
The Upper East Regional Police Command had explained that the attack occurred when some soldiers confronted the police officer, Asiamah Raymond, and ordered him to remove his military shorts.