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One dead in Garu – Dr. Anaba blames military brutality

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One of the individuals who was beaten when the military went on a rampage in the Garu and Tempane Districts of the Upper East Region has died.

The said individual was found dead after a search was conducted within the household to identify the source of a foul smell. It is said that decomposition had begun when the body was found.

While the post-mortem has not concluded that the said individual succumbed to his injuries, Dr. Thomas Anaba, the NDC PC for Garu, strongly believes that is the case.

He expressed his concerns when he spoke to Mark Smith on A1 Radio’s Day Break Upper East Show.

“I don’t have good news. After the brutality meted out to the Garu people, we managed to take care of them; unfortunately, one of the men who was beaten by the military lost his life, and the body was discovered three days ago.”

“In fact, that gentleman was a strong man who worked and never had any chronic illness that was a threat to his life. He died after the beating. If you examine those that were beaten, some of them had very serious injuries,” he explained.

Dr. Anaba added that owing to the death of one person, healthcare providers have had to offer increased healthcare and surveillance to others who sustained head injuries during the brutality as well.

“What the family saw in the autopsy, yet to be released by the government, shows bleeding in the brain. It means that, due to the use of the 2*4 wood and the butts of their guns to hit their faces, perhaps he [the deceased individual] had a bleeder. That would have been very slow. Perhaps he went to lie down, and it got worse, and because no one entered the room to check on him, he passed on and began decomposing.”

“Now, we are worried about those who complain about headaches. That is what the family said to me,” he said.”

Meanwhile, it has come to light that eight individuals who were brutalized by the military and then held at the military base in Bazua, in the Binduri district of the Upper East Region, subsequently transported to Tamale, the Northern Regional Capital, and then further to Accra, the National Capital have been released.

According to Abraham Atubila, a youth leader who spoke to Mark Smith on A1 Radio’s Day Break Upper East Show, the individuals who were taken to Accra were further abused while in the custody of the military.

After enduring much abuse at the hands of the military, some charges were filed against them in court. Subsequently, all the charges were dropped, and the individuals were acquitted and discharged.

“They were released on Friday and arrived home on Saturday around 1 p.m. They were released after a very tough time,” Atubila said.

 Source: A1radioonline.com|101.1MHz|Mark Kwasi Ahumah Smith|Ghana

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