The military officer seen kneeling in viral photos and videos of the Ejura protest fired no shots, according to Lieutenant Colonel Kwasi Ware Peprah, the 4th Infantry Battalion’s commanding officer.
On Tuesday, June 29, 2021, security personnel shot and killed two youths who were demonstrating after the tragic death of activist Ibrahim’ Kaaka’ Mohammed.
In testimony before a committee probing the deaths, Peprah explained that the yet-to-be-identified soldier did not shoot anyone while kneeling as evidenced by online videos.
Among those investigating the incident are George Kingsley Koomson, a Justice of the Court of Appeal as Chairman, Security Expert, Dr Vladimir Antwi Danso, and Juliet Amoah, Executive Director of Penplusbyte, a civil society organization.
Lieutenant Colonel Kwasi Ware Peprah, in his turn before the committee on July 7, 2021, stated that the soldier in the viral photo was simply following standard procedure.
“There is a procedure in dispersing crowds. The first is a verbal warning. The second is to cork your weapons to signal to the crowd that you are about to fire. The third is to fire warning shots but the signal to scare them includes kneeling. To aim, for you to be scared and maybe disperse,” said Peprah.
“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 didn’t fire. He fired only warning shots but when he went down, he didn’t fire.”