The wrath of residents of Dome Faase in the Ga South Municipality of the Greater Accra Region was visited on some two soldiers who wanted to bar them from demonstrating. against their presence in the community.
According to an exclusive Angelonline.com report, there were exchanges of gunshots leading to the dispossessing of four guns belonging to the soldiers.
The residents were a poll from 20 communities who came together to stage the demonstration as a protest against the deployment of the soldiers to the constituency after making an appeal to Ministry of Defence
One of the soldiers, Asare-Addo told journalists they were deployed to the area by “our big men”.
“We were called to come and assist them [on the request of] the Mponua Hene of Akyim Apadwa Nana Baffour Sarpong Okumakum, to assist them to secure the land,” he narrated.
According to him, the Municipal Chief Executive and the Assemblymember for the area as well as some chiefs were aware of their presence with the mention of the Zongo chief as the one under whose call they came.
He claimed they also went to the police station to inform the “crime officer and the CID in charge” about their mission in the area.
The soldier said when they saw the protestors approaching them on Tuesday, they gave warning shots, expecting that they will back down for the leadership of both sides – military and communities – to talk. That did not happen, he said, as the residents attacked them, claiming the people suspected them, the soldiers, of having an ulterior motive.
Some cars were burnt by the angry demonstrators.
Meanwhile, the Municipal Chief Executive of Ga South Municipal Assembly, Joseph Nyani Stevens has condemned the attack on the military personnel.