Uproar over alleged brutal military operation in Ghana
A group of Ghanaian legislators is calling for an investigation into alleged military brutality against Garu youth in north-east Ghana.
Apparently in retaliation for an assault on some national security intelligence officers deployed there to fight terrorism, soldiers raided the community on Sunday.
MPs for Garu and Tempane constituencies, who are pushing for the investigation, condemned the attacks and are calling for the immediate withdrawal of the military from the area.
In addition, legislators want the government to compensate those injured in the process and release the youths who were arrested.
Some of the youth suffered various injuries, including lacerations on their bodies and swollen faces, according to social media images. According to local media reports, Garu District Hospital has been swamped with injured patients.
It is also said that some of the youth fled the area for fear of being arrested and abused by military personnel.
Social media users have condemned the reported brutal security operation.
Ghana’s Ministry of National Security, however, has denied the allegations, saying the operation was launched to confiscate weapons used by a vigilante group to attack officers.