It has emerged that after residents within the Garu township, numbering over 200 were beaten by the military, 16 residents were bundled along to the military base close by. 8 of those residents have now been transported to Accra, the national capital, for further interrogation. This is according to the DCE for Garu, Osman Musah.
Mr. Osman made this disclosure when he spoke to Mark Smith on A1 Radio’s Day Break Upper East Show.
On Monday, October 30, 2023, a joint Garu and Tempane DISEC meeting was held to take stock of what had happened and deal with the aftermath.
Meanwhile, DISEC, according to the DCE, has begun reaching out to community stakeholders to make amends between the affected communities and the security setup in the area.
“The Regional Minister came. He was to join us in calming the people, and then we would begin to put the bits and pieces together and move forward. His [the Regional Minister’s] coming led us to the chiefs in the Garu area. We visited Garu Naba first, and then we visited some of the sick people. At the Garu Naba palace, there was a gathering of teeming youth who came to express their disgust and show the pain they went through to the minister and to register their protest against the happenings. The Regional Minister took the opportunity to reassure them of government’s commitment to look into the issue and make sure that that type of thing never occurs again.”
“He also had to give assurance of bringing those that had been taken to Accra for further interrogations back. Yes, some of the victims have been sent to Accra for interrogation,” the DCE confirmed.
Meanwhile Mr. Osman stated that the District Assembly has had to cover the cost of healthcare for all affected victims.
Source: A1radioonline.com|101.1MHz|Mark Kwasi Ahumah Smith|Ghana