General News of Thursday, 27 September 2018
A 38-year-old man, identified as Kofi Gunta, is battling for his life after he was savagely brutalized by five Military personnel.
The assault took place at Koforidua-Betom Wednesday around 8 am.
The soldiers from the Ogreen Military base raided the neighbourhood amidst warning shots, rounded up Gunta and mercilessly beat him, hitting his head severally with stones and the butt of their guns.
Looking dejected and bleeding profusely, Gunta was whisked into a waiting Golf vehicle, the military officers were onboard and sped off.
According to some residents, Gunta was assaulted because he was said to have accosted one of the military men three weeks ago, demanding that the uniform personnel paid a commercial sex worker he slept with at the Bula spot, a notorious brothel in Koforidua, the capital of the Eastern region.
An eyewitness, Seth Owusu Acheampong, narrating the incident to Starr News said: “This morning, we were here when we saw five soldiers, three in uniform, others in mufti stormed here searching for a certain guy, but the guy ran away after seeing them so they arrested two other guys he was sitting with and started beating them. One managed to also run away from their car. But the other Kofi Gunta was arrested and was brutally beaten by the soldiers.”
He added: “They fired warning shots, punched the guy, hit his head with stones, and blood was all over. This guy is innocent, the real guy who had a confrontation with the soldier ran away after seeing them.”
According to Acheampong, the rampaging soldiers threatened to shoot anyone who would attempt videoing the ghastly scene.
Efforts to get a response from the military proved futile.