The Mp of Ashaiman Hon. Ernest Henry Norgbey, has written a statement that demands justice for Eric Ofotsu who was shot and killed by a soldier yesterday.
According to him, the narration of the Armed forces was false and that the man didn’t deserve to die and was not disarming the soldier as earlier reported.
He asked the Investigative bodies to do a thorough investigation so that the truth will be known and Justice will be served.
KILLING OF MR. ERIC OFOTSU – ASHAIMAN MP DEMANDS JUSTICE
I have received with shock and outrage news of the cold-blooded killing of Mr. Eric Ofotsu (A.K.A. No Yawa), a constituent of mine in his mid-thirties who was allegedly shot by a military officer working to ensure compliance of the President’s COVID-19 lockdown directives.
As Member of Parliament for the Ashaiman Constituency, I condemn in the strongest possible terms this barbaric and wicked act of a trigger-happy military officer.
Information gathered from the scene which I have no basis to doubt and contrary to the claims contained in the Military’s statement suggests that the deceased did not warrant this inhumane and disproportionate use of force from a professional military officer whose training demands a far worthy example.
As much as the life of this young innocent gentleman cannot be brought back, I demand with immediate effect through thorough and independent investigations into circumstances leading to the death of this young man.
We are also calling for the withdrawal of the trigger-happy soldier and all his colleagues on duty at the time of the incident with immediate effect. This would be useful in managing tensions and preventing any further escalation.
I wish to commend the good people of Ashaiman for exercising great restraint in the face of needless provocation.
We in Ashaiman are disappointed in President Akufo-Addo who is Commander-in-Chief of the Ghana Armed Forces for his unacceptable silence on this major development when he addressed the nation on Sunday night, particularly as he sought to downplay the many incidents of human right violations and unwarranted excesses by security personnel enforcing his lockdown directives. A situation which the Commission on Human Rights and Administrative Justice have had cause to publicly condemn.
May I add that as much as many military officers have been quite professional in enforcing the lockdown, I would want to decry the manner in which some unscrupulous few are bringing the much-respected image of the Ghana Armed Forces into utter disrepute.
I reiterate our demand for an independent investigation and swift sanctions for those who would be found culpable.