The security operatives had their turn at the public enquiry day two of the recent Ejura disturbances.
Information reaching GhanaTalksRadio indicates that, five witnesses appeared before the committee with the General Officer Commanding the Central Command of the Ghana Armed Forces, Brigadier Joseph Aduko Aphour, appearing first.
He told the committee that, “soldiers used different strategies and tactics for such incidence. However, those deployed left without rubber bullet and tear gas but live ammunition. As part of their strategies, soldiers in such situations first use verbal warning to disperse protesters. The last resource is firing live bullet to kill.”
“The Ejura rioters used deadly weapons such as guns which were allegedly fired from the mob.”
He further disclosed that, “two persons arrested with regard and being held by the police for investigation and prosecution.”
Commanding Officer of the fourth infantry battalion of the Ghana Armed Forces, Lt. Col. Kwasi Peprah Ware said, “he is unsure whether the gunshot that killed the two demonstrators during the Ejura riot were fired by soldiers.”
He alleged that, the soldiers called to help in restoring order in the heat of street protest were firing back in reaction to gunshot from the protesters and that there is possibility the dead could have been striked by bullet from the mob.
Mr.Preprah was answering questions by the chairman of the three members ministerial committee of enquiry into the Ejura shooting.