The District Chief Executive of Garu, Dr Osman Musa confirmed the reports of Military brutalities in the area on Sunday.
He said on the midday news on TV3 that the brutalities happened in the early hours of Sunday.
Disturbing images shared on social media suggest the severity of the Brutality.
“The Military operation took place in the early hours of this morning. Several people have been injured in the process and are receiving treatment at a health facility,” he said.
Asked whether there has been any casualty, he answered “There is no any death at all, not to my knowledge. We started carrying the people to the hospital, I was among the first to have gotten there with injured persons, and others also supported. I left the facility about 40 minutes ago, and as of the time I left, there had not been any deaths at all.
“Calmness is restoring, The Miltray have already left, they have gone back to camp and so the situation is quite calm now.”
Some residents of Garu and Bugri residents were injured following a dawn military operation in the communities.
The residents are traumatized following the action of the military.
The Kusaug Traditional Council has expressed disappointment in the development. The Council is expected to issue a statement later.
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Ministry of National Security Update 29th October, 2023 16:30
PRESS RELEASE ON OPERATIONS IN GARU
On Tuesday, October 24, 2023 an irate youth group armed with AK 47 rifles, machetes and other weapons besieged a team of five counter-terrorism intelligence officers deployed by the Ministry of National Security to Garu, in the Upper East Region, on a critical, special operation.
Despite initial attempts to introduce themselves as National Security personnel, the irate youth group proceeded to attack the officers by firing multiple gun shots at a black Toyota Land Cruiser in which the officers were seated.
Following an escalation of the attacks on their vehicle, the officers drove to seek refuge at the Garu Police Station.
The irate youth, subsequently, pursued the officers, encircled the police station and fired multiple shots at same with the intention of killing the officers. The timely intervention of the Ghana Armed Forces enabled the safe evacuation of the National Security personnel from the Garu Police Station.
Further to the aforesaid development, the Ministry of National Security and the Ghana Armed Forces, on Saturday, October 28, 2023, conducted a joint operation in Garu to seize weapons used by the perpetrators of the attack on the National Security personnel.
A number of the perpetrators have also been arrested.
The Ministry of National Security deems the attack on the security personnel at a police station highly unacceptable, and strongly condemns acts aimed at intimidating and harming officials of State Security and Intelligence Agencies, and impeding them from effectively executing their mandate to safeguard the peace and stability of Ghana.
Whereas the Ministry of National Security works to promote active citizen participation in safeguarding the peace and stability of our dear nation, deliberate acts that seek to jeopardise the lives of personnel of State Security and Intelligence Agencies will not be countenanced.
The Ministry owes it a duty to protect personnel of State Security and Intelligence Agencies who have sworn an oath to, at all times, defend the people and the territorial integrity of Ghana against all forms of threats.