The Commander-in-Chief of the Ghana Armed Forces, His Excellency Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, the President of the Republic of Ghana has rendered apology to the chiefs and people of Wa over the military brutalities meted out to some residents in the area.
Nana Addo in a statement has reassured the people that all the necessary steps have been taken by his government to forestall the recurrence of this unfortunate act.
“One of the reasons why I came here is the incident that occurred here in Wa between the soldiers here and the people of Wa. I have come to add my voice to that of the soldiers as well as the Minister for Defence to express how sorry I am about the incident and to let you know that, we will do everything to ensure the incident is not repeated.” President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo said.
President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo said this as he paid a courtesy call on the Overlord of the Waala Traditional Area, Naa Fuseini Seidu Pelpuo IV.
On Tuesday, 13th July 2021, the President commenced a 2-day working visit of the Upper West Region, with visits to Wa and Tumu.
He also visited Tumu, in the Sissala East District, where he paid a courtesy call on the Tumu Kuoro, Richard Babini Kanton, and commissioned a Business Resource Centre, which has been established by the Ministry of Trade and Industry to provide strategic support and assistance to the domestic private sector operating at the Sissala East district.
On Thursday, 1st July 2021, Coverghana.com.gh spotted a video of Armed Soldiers brutalizing some residents of Wa on the street.
Reports available to Coverghana.com.gh suggest that, the Armed Soldiers claimed they were searching for their stolen mobile phone which they believe that someone on a motorcycle had snatched a mobile phone belonging to one of them.
The residents narrated how the security personnel stopped tricycles, cars and motorcycles and brutalized residents, especially young men.
About 24 hours after the incident, a team from the military, led by the Chief of Army Staff, Major General Thomas Oppong Peprah, visited the area and offered an apology to the people of Wa. The Defence and Interior Committee of Parliament has also been directed to probe the incident after a request by the Minority side in Parliament on the grosome attack on the civilians.
Meanwhile, the Defence Minister, Dominic Nitiwul, has announced that, the officers involved have been sanctioned by the appropriate authorities for their unprofessional conduct.
Defence Minister added that, three (3) of the Armed Soldiers have been demoted, whiles the remaining eight (8) others have been charged, tried, and awarded 30 days each in detention by the disciplinary board of the Ghana Armed Forces.