It has emerged that the Inspector General of Police (IGP) George Akuffo Dampare was personally involved in the intelligence work that led to the arrest of the killers of the slain soldier Imoro Sheriff.
According to sources familiar with the development, the IGP joined the operations on the grounds at Ashaiman to follow leads and tip-offs that eventually led to the arrest of the suspects on Friday.
The Police in a post on social on Friday evening said: “The Police after a week of sustained intelligence-led operation have arrested the key suspects involved in the murder of Imoro Sherrif, the soldier who was found dead at Taifa Ashiaman on 4th March 2023”.
On Saturday, March 4, 2023, Imoro Sherrif, who according to the Ghana Armed Forces (GAF) visited Accra from Sunyani, was murdered in the Ashaiman township.
The March 7 military swoop
Dozens of military officers stormed Ashaiman in the operation that saw some soldiers entering the town in trucks, with an armoured car plus a helicopter hovering over the town.
The exercise is said to be in response to the gruesome murder of a young soldier, Trooper Sherrif Imoro, by some unidentified persons on Saturday, March 4, 2023.
Videos of the invasion shared across social media show various forms of assault being meted on residents by the rampaging officers who subjected some of the residents to severe beatings.
In a statement released in the early hours of March 8, the Ghana Armed Forces admitted authorizing the swoop which led to the arrest of 184 persons, as well as the seizure of suspected illegal drugs.
In the said statement, they also acknowledged excesses may have resulted in the swoop but failed to apologize for or commit to conducting a probe on the same.
An initial 150 suspects were released on March 8 whiles Fix The Country movement convener Oliver Barker-Vormawor reported on March 9 that the remaining 34 have also been freed without charge.
Police Interrogate Girlfriend Of Slain Soldier
The Ashaiman Police have quizzed the devastated girlfriend of the murdered military man who was killed at Ashaiman in the Greater Accra Region.
The interrogation was in an attempt to unravel the circumstances under which the 22-year-old trumpeter of the Ghana Armed Forces (GAF) band, Imoro Sherrif
She was invited, questioned and released on self-recognized bail by the police, DGN Online can report.
Confirming the interrogation, the Member of Parliament (MP) for Ashaiman, Ernest Henry Norgbey gave additional information to 3Fm that “So far it was only one person that was invited for questioning, the purported girlfriend of the deceased.
“According to the Police, it appeared the girl has also been devastated about the whole issue, the guy was with her throughout the night up to 2am when they departed and just to wake up the following morning to hear the issues on social media, she was devastated about it.
“So by and large, it was the only person that was questioned as we speak now. So we are waiting to see if the culprits will be arrested.”
Imoro Sherrif was laid to rest on Thursday, March 9 at the Military Cemetery, Burma Camp in Accra.
Imoro Sherrif was gruesomely murdered on Saturday, March 4.
He was found in a pool of blood in Ashaiman and suspected to have been stabbed to death.
The Military High Command on Tuesday sanctioned an intelligence-led operation to fish out the perpetrators of the crime.
In the course of the operation, several civilians reported of brutalities meted out to them as 184 persons were rounded up with 150 released and 34 persons have been handed over to the Ghana Police Service through the Military Police for further action.
Source: King Edward Ambrose Washman Addo/peacefmonline.com/ghana
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