The Ghana police administration announced the arrest of key suspects in the murder of Sheriff Imoro, a soldier, at Taifa, Ashaiman in Accra.
In a briefing on Friday night, it was said that it was an intelligence-led one-week operation that led to the arrest of the key suspects.
The suspects’ identities have yet to be revealed by the police.
“The police, after a week of sustained intelligence-led operations, have arrested the key suspects involved in the murder of Imoro Sherrif, the soldier found dead at Taifa Ashaiman on March 4th, 2023,” the police brief said.
Private Sherrif Imoro was stationed in the Bono Region at Sunyani. On March 3, 2023, he requested permission from his commanders to return home and visit his parents in Ashaiman. However, he was discovered dead in a pool of blood at dawn on Saturday.
His death resulted in a military invasion in the Ashaiman area on Tuesday, where many people were brutalised in a Military High Command-sanctioned operation to storm the area and fish out the perpetrators.
A total of 184 suspects were picked up and taken into military custody. 150 were released the following day (Wednesday).
According to Ernest Norgbey, Member of Parliament for Ashaiman, the remaining 34 suspects were reportedly released from military custody on Thursday.
Many people, including the Commission on Human Rights and Administrative Justice (CHRAJ), Amnesty International, and others, have expressed concern and condemned the military operation, which included excesses and resulted in human rights violations as innocent victims were beaten by soldiers on Tuesday.
Some have said the military should have complied with the law and allowed the police to handle the investigations.
On Friday night (March 10, 2023), the police announced that the key suspects had been arrested and said full details would follow later.
The arrest of the key suspects in the killing of Sheriff Imoro is a significant step towards justice for the slain soldier and his family. It also sends a strong message to criminals that the police are committed to bringing them to justice and that there is no place for impunity in Ghana.