One dead over assault by soldiers in Garu – MP

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The Member of Parliament (MP) for Garu, Albert Alalzuulga has announced that one of the victims of the recent military brutalities in Garu and Tempane in the Upper East Region has died.

According to him, the youth of the area are saddened by the death of their colleague.

It is recalled that the people of Garu, wielding weapons including guns, chased five national security personnel to the police station and besieged them.

The military thus launched a reprisal attack on Sunday, October 29, which led to several of the townspeople getting injured.

According to the military their raid on the towns was to retrieve the weapons and arrest the perpetrators.

Speaking in a Citi interview, Mr. Albert Alalzuulga said “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.”

He added that “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.”

The MP further called on the government to compensate the victims, noting that “…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.”

He further hinted that they may result to taking legal action if possible.

In the meantime, the National Security Minister, Albert Kan Dapaah, is expected to appear before Parliament on Thursday, November 9 to brief the house regarding what happened.

The Upper East Regional Peace Council and the Catholic Diocese of Bolgatanga-Navrongo have also condemned the brutal attack against the people of Garu and Tempane by the military.

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