4 soldiers brutalise 2 civilians in Ho

•Lt.-Col. B. B. Pantoah, Commanding Officer of the 66 Artillery Regiment

• Lt.-Col. B. B. Pantoah, Commanding Officer of the 66 Artillery Regiment

Four military personnel from the 66 Artillery Regiment in Ho, including a lieutenant, allegedly captured two auto-electricians and brutalised them at the barracks, for refusing to sell an automobile spare part to soldiers.
The soldiers were said to have forced their captives to roll on the ground and walk with their hands with their legs raised, while they were whipped repeatedly for about four hours.
Bright Korkoryi and Sedem Agbeti, both apprentices at the Morkporkpor Enterprise, were allegedly arrested by the soldiers at about 4pm on that day.
The Ghanaian Times gathered that the lieutenant was at the workshop earlier to request for a replacement of the “inflow metre” of his car, and was politely told by the apprentices to go and bring  the old one for them to be sure of the brand.
The lieutenant left only to return with three other soldiers, who expressed anger over the ‘refusal’ of the apprentices to sell the spare parts to the lieutenant.
Attempts by this reporter to contact the Commanding Officer of the 66 Artillery Regiment, Lt. Col. B.B. Pantoah, on the issue, did not succeed.
However, the second in command, Major Edward Sarpong Appiah, answered a call from this reporter, and said that he was at a meeting.
He stopped short at saying that “we are now about to sit over the matter”.
Later, a spokesman at the Ho Central Police Station, told the Ghanaian Times that, “we have received a report on the incident, and we are just about to start investigations into the matter”.
He said that the victims were given hospital forms to undergo medical examination.

From Alberto Mario Noretti, Ho

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