Withdraw Your Intimidating Soldiers From Ketu South — Residents Tell Akufo-Addo
Residents of Ketu South in the Volta Region are appealing to President Akufo-Addo to immediately withdraw military men stationed in the district to end the daily intimidation, harassment and beatings.
According to them, the only language the military men understand is beatings, intimidation and all manner of inhumane treatment.
They indicated that the presence of military men is causing fear and panic among the people and temporarily halting farming and trading activities in the district.
“We cannot go out because we fear that the military men will beat us, sometimes with the slightest provocation or in other times not at all,” the residents stated.
They added that the atmosphere in the District is clouded with fear such that residents who have their genuine businesses in Togo cannot move because “when you fail to answer their questions in the way they want, they will whip you with canes. So we are calling on the government, the Ministry of Defense and the military hierarchy to monitor activities of these military men and immediately call them to order or withdraw them outrightly."
The Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Marrer Ghana Limited and Susatgad Boat Building and Fishing Industries, Mr Novihoho Afaglo adding his voice to the many calls said there are records of military brutalities in the area.
He cited that a young student who crossed the border to Togo for schooling and on her return was whip by these men in uniform.
“My people in the Volta Region precisely Ketu South District are asking me to find a way to plead with the government to recall the military brutality from its surroundings,” he stated.
Mr Afaglo stated, “it’s is about time we free ourselves from the pondered thoughts of Volta Region been the headquarters of the opposition National Democratic Congress and Ashanti Region also the bank of the New Patriotic Party.
“I would want to correct these thoughts as years go by and education has revealed that times have changed and citizens have their own individual opinions about the works of a sitting government and their benefits. Align ten people in the Volta and the Ashanti Regions discussing politics and there you will be amazed at changes that have taken place as in time in memorial when there-were no tribal marriages,” the CEO stated.
He stressed that currently seven out of every 10 Ashantes are marrying the ewes and this should enlighten us of the moment and do away with the old mentality and thinking pattern.
Mr Afaglo emphasised that the activities of the military men in the area are going overboard forgetting that “we are all citizens of Ghana and if care is not taken could pose a bad image for the government and affect the sitting President.”