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Killed Ejura protesters were shot in the back

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Two persons who died during the disturbances in Ejura in the Ashanti Region were shot in the back, according to testimony from the Medical Superintendent of the Ejura Government Hospital, Dr. Mensah Manye.

Appearing before the ministerial committee tasked to investigate the disturbances at Ejura on Thursday, July 8, 2021, Dr. Manye, said the first fatality, who died on arrival at the hospital, suffered a gunshot wound around the upper part of his back.

The bullet penetrated into the chest from that entry wound, he noted.

The second person, who died at the hospital after receiving some attention, had a similar entry wound.

“At the back, the middle part of the chest, there was also a gunshot injury,” Dr. Manye recalled.

“He looked so pale, which showed there was some internal bleeding. Whilst doing resuscitation… we lost the patient within 10 minutes of arrival.”

Four other persons also sustained gunshot wounds after soldiers opened fire on protesters.

One of the wounded was also shot on the right side of his back above his waist, Dr. Manye noted further.

The violence occurred during protests that followed the death of Ibrahim Muhammed.

Ibrahim Muhammed, alias Kaaka Macho, died after he was attacked by unknown assailants on June 27 while returning home.

He’s believed to have been killed because he was critical of the government.

The 45-year-old was noted to be vocal on both local and national issues using his Facebook page.

Police in the Ashanti Region have since arrested three persons in connection with his death and put them before the court.

Ibrahim Muhammed was buried on Tuesday, June 29, 2021, alongside the two others who died in the protest.

Military’s account

Security personnel are however suggesting that some protesters armed with guns may have wounded their cohorts.

In his testimony before the committee, the Commanding Officer of the 4th Infantry Battalion, Lt. Col. Kwesi Ware Peprah, claimed some protesters also fired guns during the protest.

He maintained that soldiers who were on operational duty at the scene did not intend to shoot to kill.

“The aim was not to kill. It was just unfortunate. As a matter of fact, I even suspect that the weapon that fired from the protesters might have hit one of them.”

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