The incident occurred around the Catholic Guest House junction a few kilometres away from Damongo township between the hours of 1:00pm-Tuesday afternoon.
This was after the victim,Jyimah Ibrahim popularly known as Kashinteng,a well known businessman and wielding engineer in the district had stopped by on a drive to ease himself.
The military men numbering three(3) where believed to be traveling from Tamale to Wa when they spotted the victim.
Dressed in their military uniforms with a military van,they drove by and stopped to interrogate him.
Upon stopping,they asked who the owner of the packed car was and the victim owned up.They further queried whether that was the proper way of packing....And before the victim could say jack,one of the military men forced opened the door of his car and found a single barrel and a pistol therein.He yelled for the attention of his colleagues that the victim was carrying a weapon.
One of the military men immediately corked his gun and ordered the victim to go on his knees(kneel) to which he obliged.He ordered for a thorough search of his car under the guise that he was a criminal.The car of the victim was ransacked.All his phones were seized.A cash sum of Ghc2,800 was confiscated from the victim.
The victim attempted explaining that he was not a criminal and that the weapons were dully registered.He tried to show them the registration documents to the weapons but the military will have non of that.
He was hit severally on the head with a wheel spanner until blood started oozing.
They pressed on the victim to accept that he was a criminal to which he insisted he was not one.They ask him to lie flat on the ground.He was handcuffed.
The military men then threatened to carry him along to Wa if he doesn't own up or do something.The victim explained that there was a police command in the district and he was willing to submit himself to any kind of investigation.The military declined to refer the victim to the district police command for investigation with the reason that the police are always in bed with criminals.
They drove the victim pass the district and the District Police Command and stopped a few kilometres to a near by community called Laribanga.They ask the victim to "talk like a man" else if the case gets to Wa,it will become a very big case.
They further threatened to take his weapons to which he declined.
They proceeded with the victim until another well known civilian(name withheld) in the district chanced upon them.Upon seeing the local business mogul in that state,he tried intervening but the military insisted they have to carry the victim to Wa.
He confirmed that the victim was a well respected businessman in the district and not a criminal as purported.
The military still failed to see reason.At a point they demanded the Intervening civilian pay a sum of Ghc5,000 before they release him.The intervening civilian after a long thought and upon persistent quest by the military men gave out an undisclosed sum to the military on the blind side of the victim.
The military afterwards took Ghc1,000 from from the Ghc2,800 they initially collected from the victim before setting him free.
The victim was immediately driven to the West Gonja Catholic hospital where he was treated and discharged.
Narrating his ordeal in an interview with Ghanaweb.com,the victim who felt traumatised feared the military were not out to protect the country.He wondered why after taking money they set him free without carrying out any investigation as they initially insisted.He confirmed he has since reported the matter to the West Gonja District Police Command.
When queried as to whether he was able to make up the victims or the number on the military van,the victim disclosed that he was only able identify one of the men who was driving the van as Bissi as written on the tag of his military uniform. He also said that the number on the military van was 69 WA.He prayed justice is served in this matter to serve as a deterrent to others.
When contacted,Chief Inspector Gbeve of the District Police Command confirmed the matter has been brought to their attention and was under investigation.He was unable to disclose further information on the matter since it was still under investigation. Read Full Story