Defence Minister of Ghana, Dominic Nitwul, has urged all Ghanaians to show respect towards men and women in uniform. According to the Minister, such respect will help everyone in the country.

Mr. Nitwul made this appeal on Thursday, March 9th, during a press conference held in Parliament, following the alleged murder of a soldier in Ashaiman.

Meanwhile, the Defence and Interior Committee of Parliament has stated that it will not be visiting Ashaiman anytime soon. This is in relation to the recent brutalities meted out to civilians by the military, following the killing of a soldier. The Chairman of the Committee, Kennedy Ohene Agyapong, explained that members do not want to inflame passions by making comments that will annoy a faction.

Sources suggest that the Committee will visit Ashaiman on Thursday, March 16th, after investigations into the matter have been completed. It will be recalled that the stabbing to death of the soldier on Saturday, March 4th, led to the military launching an operation to fish out the perpetrators. About 184 persons were arrested, but most civilians in the town reported brutalities by the army, whose action on Tuesday, March 7th, is said to have been sanctioned by the Military High Command.

The Military High Command has since apologized for the action, but Mr Agyapong, who is also a Member of Parliament for the Assin Central Constituency, has emphasized the need for peace to prevail. He stated that the Committee’s mission is to ensure that peace reigns in the country.

During the burial of the slain soldier, Imoro Sherrif, on Thursday, March 9th, his father, Imoro Awudu, expressed his grief over the incident. He stated that this was not how he had dreamed of his life on earth. “I leave everything in the hands of God, God will cater for us,” he said

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