The Commanding Officer of 4 Battalion, Lt Col Kwasi Ware Peprah, says the soldier who was seen kneeling aiming to shoot during the protest in Ejura did not fire his gun nor injure anyone.
According to him, the soldier only fired warning shots prior to kneeling. Speaking before the three-member committee investigating the disturbance Lt Col Kwasi Ware Peprah says, sitting, kneeling and squatting are all different firing positions soldiers adopt to suit them [The Military].
“As a matter of fact, the direction of the man who knelt was such that no casualty came from that side. He didn’t fire. He fired only warning shots, but when he went down, he did not fire,” Lt Col Peprah said.
“There is a procedure in dispersing crowds. The first is a verbal warning; the second is to cock your weapons to signal to the crowd that ‘you are about to fire’, and the third is to fire warning shots. But the signal to scare them includes the kneeling,” Lt Col Peprah added.
A three member committee have started investigating into the Ejura shooting incidence.
The three member committee was set up after President Akufo-Addo gave the Interior Minister, Ambrose Dery, 10 days to provide a detailed report of the inquiry, which also led to the death and injury of some residents in Ejura.