Man accused of killing soldier at Kasoa Millennium City remanded

 Benlord Ababio, accused of killing Lance Corporal Michael Danso of the Ghana Armed Forces (GFA), at the frontage of the Kasoa Millennium City Police Station, in Gomoa East in the Central Region has been re­manded in police custody by the Achimota District Court.

Ababio has been charged with murder, and the prosecutor asked the court to remand him for further investigation.

The court did not accept his plea, and he is to re-appear in court on May 16, 2024.

L/Cpl Danso, stationed at the Burma Camp Base Work­shop, was shot dead by Ababio, who believed to be Gyaasehene of Millennium City, over land dispute.

The soldier, accompanied by two colleagues, sought to resolve a land dispute at the police station.

Despite prior complaints, the soldiers were prevented by Ababio, leading to a fatal shoot­ing as they attempted to go to the Divisional Police Command.

 The Ghanaian Times gathered that trouble began when a brother of one of the soldiers purchased land from some chiefs at the Mil­lennium City area.

However, every time the­soldiers went to develop the land they faced resistance from landguards.

The paper learnt that L/Cpl Danso in the company of two colleague soldiers, drove in a car to the area to address the matter.

They had already lodged a complaint at the Millennium City District Police Command, but to no avail.

The soldiers, who were in a Toyota Rav 4 with registration number GR 3591-24, reportedly went to the disputed land and or­dered those working there to stop.

The soldiers reportedly then headed to the police station in an attempt to report the case again, but Ababio prevented them.

In the process, Ababio al­legedly fired at the vehicle of the soldiers leading to the death of L/Cpl Danso.

An eyewitness, pleading ano­nymity, said he saw Ababio pre­venting the soldiers from going to the Divisional Police Command.

He said when the soldiers ignored Ababio, he fired at their vehicle resulting in the death of L/Cpl Danso, and the other two soldiers escaped unhurt.

The eyewitness said Ababio was then arrested and taken to the Divisional Police Command, and later transferred to Accra Police Division for fear of attacks by landguards in the area.

Meanwhile, the Ghana Police Service says it has arrested Ben­lordAbabiofor allegedly shooting the soldier at Kasoa Millennium City.

The body of L/Cpl Danso has been deposited at the 37 Military Hospital mortuary for preserva­tion and autopsy.

Meanwhile, the GAF has condemned what it said was an unprovoked attack on one of its soldiers.

The Director General, Public Relations of the GAF, Brigadier General E. Aggrey-Quashie, in a statement said, “we reiterate our commitment to maintaining law and order in our commu­nities,”and urged all citizens to seek peaceful and lawful means to resolve land disputes and to refrain from engaging in acts of violence in order to prevent such tragic incidents.

The statement expressed regrets over the tragic loss, and that “Our preliminary investiga­tions indicate Lance Corporal (L/Cpl) Omar Abdul Rahman owned a half plot of land, which was in dispute at Millennium City, for which the Millennium City Police informed all parties to stay off the land until the issue was resolved.”

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