On Tuesday morning (March 7, 2023) at Ashaiman, Oliver Barker-Vormawor, a convenor of the #FixTheCountry movement, offered to offer free legal representation to those who had reportedly been the targets of military brutality.
Mr Barker-Vormawor in a Facebook post stressed that the military has no law enforcement powers and could not investigate crimes committed against civilians even when it was against military personnel.
The lawyer denounced the killing of the young military officer and sounded the alarm that retaliatory attacks posed a danger to democracy.
“I totally condemn the killing of the young military officer in Ashaiman. However, to think that Military persons can just storm communities and brutalize them in revenge under a democracy is a really really dangerous trend oooo,” he posted.
“When we refuse to prosecute them for Ejura and for Wa. We are encourage many more Ashiaman. I am willing to provide pro bono legal representation to anybody who was injured, brutalized, or even detained by the Military for their stupidity in Ashaiman.
“If you know any victim, direct them to my inbox. We all, lawyers in particular, have a responsibility to ground the rule of law even in the face of institutionalized tyranny”.
In separate radio interviews with Accra-based Joy FM, victims of the reprisal attacks described how military personnel approached them and physically assaulted them after questioning them.
Another victim claimed he was taken out of his car and repeatedly struck with a stick.
After such a tragic event, Ashaiman Constituency Member of Parliament Ernest Henry Norgbey expressed his concern that the military attacked innocent civilians.
He continued by saying that he was trying desperately to calm down the situation so that residents could perform their duties.
“Residents who are innocent and do not know anything about this killing should not suffer what they are suffering now. We are urging the Military High Command to call their men back to the barracks so that residents will be able to go about their daily duties without any hindrance.
“I can say on authority that this is an unlawful act. They may have a case by saying one of their own was murdered around Ashaiman community in an unfortunate incident that I will condemn but that does not mean that the military men in uniform should take the law into their hands by invading the community”.