Sherif Imoro, 21, was identified as the slain soldier in Ashaiman.

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Sherif Imoro, 21, has been identified as the soldier who was allegedly killed by a mob in Ashaiman Taifa last Saturday.

He was a trumpeter in the Ghana Armed Forces Band and was stationed in Sunyani, Bono Region.

He was in Accra for a military course and had been visiting his parents in Ashaiman every Friday for the past three weeks.

Last Friday would have been the third time he was returning home when he was confronted by a gang that killed him.

Imoro, Sherif

According to his father, Awudu Imoro, Sherif Imoro was born on June 3, 2001, in Ashaiman.

He joined the Ghana Armed Forces in October 2021, was trained in Daboya, and was assigned to Sunyani after graduation.

According to his father, he completed his primary and junior high school education at Ashaiman and his senior high school education at Akwamuman SHS in 2017.

Incident involving a slain soldier

He was on his way home last Friday when there was heavy traffic in the area, so he alighted at Ashaiman Taifa near the court building.

It was in that area that he was killed by his assailants.

According to some reports, the gang mistook him for a robber.

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Awudu Imoro, the father, explained the circumstances and provided a brief background on his son, saying that in early January this year, Sherif called his mother and informed the family that he would be in Accra in the first week of February for a course.

According to the father, Sherif told them that when he arrived in Accra, he would have the opportunity to visit them in the house on a Friday, and so he had been coming home every Friday for the last three weeks.

More than 72 people arrested by soldiers in Ashaiman – Ashaiman MP

More than 72 people were arrested and detained by soldiers who stormed Ashaiman early Tuesday morning after a mob allegedly killed Sherif Imoro.

According to Ernest Henry Norgbey, Member of Parliament for Ashaiman, the soldiers have taken the people they arrested away.

“72 people, according to the briefing given to me by the Assembly member for the area,” the soldiers have taken into custody.

“But as I speak to you, the police commander just told me that 72 people is an understatement, and that they are more than that, and that they [soldiers] are still arresting people when you go certain areas of the community,” Mr Norgbey said in a radio interview on Citi FM, which Graphic Online monitored.

The MP stated that the soldiers had left the area after the dawn operation, but around midday, he received a phone call informing him that another batch of military men had trooped into the Ashaiman constituency.

“Actually, I spoke with the police commander, and he told me on authority that there are military guys still in the constituency, molesting innocent residents all over the constituency,” he said.

He said the constituents were worried about the modus operandi of the military, “because you see armoured cars, you see military vehicles, you see helicopters, which means that this thing has been sanctioned by the higher authority and so everybody is handicapped in this matter.

“So we’re just asking them to return their men to the barracks because these people they’re molesting are innocent people, and I’m not sure they know anything about the military guy’s death,” the MP said.

Ashaiman: Soldiers assault civilians following an alleged mob killing of a soldier
Taifa’s Ashaiman neighborhood was placed under self-imposed curfew on Tuesday morning after soldiers reportedly stormed the area following the alleged killing of a soldier over the weekend.

A mob allegedly killed the soldier in Ashaiman over the weekend.

Following the incident, photos and video of the said soldier were shared on social media.

According to some reports, he was attacked and stabbed by a gang. According to reports, the soldier was on his way home to his family.

Reactions of soldiers

On Tuesday dawn (March 7, 2023), some alleged soldiers numbering not less than 20 stormed the area.

They questioned anyone they came across and reportedly beat them up.

This forced people to lock themselves up in their homes, fearing they will be beaten up by the soldiers.

Some eyewitnesses have recounted their experience on social media.

Some said they saw the soldiers around 2am.

One person said he woke up around 4am to see that the area which was usually busy around that time with many shops opened was still very quiet.

His assumption was that it was as a result of the downpour but when he atepped out, he saw some soldiers on the stretch, there were no vehicles moving.

His assumption was that it was due to the rain, but when he stepped outside, he saw some soldiers on the stretch and no vehicles moving.

When he saw soldiers approaching, he dashed back into the house and locked the gate.

He claimed that his brother later told him that he awoke earlier and saw soldiers beating up other people.

“My mother owns a shop by the roadside and should have been opened by now but as we speak, all shops are still closed,” he said.

He stated that he witnessed vehicles passing by being stopped, male passengers being dragged out and beaten up, and that “you people kill our colleague,” according to some of the soldiers.

According to another eyewitness, the aforementioned soldiers knocked.

The Assemblyman for the area reportedly sent out a message advising residents to avoid certain routes.

He said he counted not less that 20 armed soldiers on foot, who were 

What happened with mob killing of soldier?

The incident of the mob killing of the soldier received varied reactions at the weekend.

Some had alleged that the young soldier was on his way to his home when he was attacked by a gang.

Some had alleged that he was stabbed to death by the mob.

Photos from the incident scene showed the lifeless body of the victim, who was in what seemed to be a torn trousers in military camouflage colours.

His military cap and a white cloth had been used to cover his face. Also, his bag in military camouflage colours was lying close to the body.

The Ghana Police and the Ghana Armed Forces are yet to comment on the incident.

Denkyira-Obuasi incident in 2017

In 2017, a similar incident happened at Denkyira-Obuasi in the Central Region where during a morning health walk, a military officer, Major Maxwell Mahama was killed by a mob.

Source: Graphic News

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