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General News Fri, 28 Feb 2003

Victim wants money, golden chain, ring back

Mr Mosby Bamfo-Manuh, a witness at the National Reconciliation Commission (NRC), on Wednesday prayed the Commission to compel Major Bentil, whom he said was the former Commanding Officer of the Military Police to refund an amount of 150, 000 cedis, 300 dollars, and also return his gold chain and ring he alleged were stolen when he led an operation to forcibly eject him from a residence at Abeka Lapaz in July 1987.

He told the Commission that he was staying in house belonging to a man who travelled to Saudi Arabia, and after some time, Major Bentil, asked him (Bamfo-Manuh) to vacate the premises within one week because his uncle had sold the house to him (Major Bentil).

Bamfo-Manuh said he challenged Major Bentil and told him that his uncle had deceived him.

The witness said Major Bentil later arrived in the night with three strong men, who assaulted him with boots and belts until he fell unconscious and was later sent to the 37 Military Hospital.

Bamfo-Manuh said after treatment, he was sent to the Teshie military Academy guardroom for two weeks and went for review every three days.

He said throughout this period, his parents, who later advised him to leave the house did not know where he was until he told a friend, who he met on one of the review days at the hospital to inform them of his whereabouts.

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Bamfo-Manuh said he bled from the ears for two months and had since felt pains in his head and experienced poor sight and petitioned the then Chairman of the Provisional National Defence Council (PNDC), Flt. Lt. Jerry Rawlings, the then Inspector General of Police and the then Army Commander, General Arnold Quainoo for the payment of his medical expenses but to no avail.

He said when the owner of the house returned from Saudi Arabia, he sent the matter to court and the court ordered Major Bentil to quit the premises.

Bamfo-Manuh said Major Bentil had vacated the house but he (Bamfo-Manuh) still harboured bitterness for Major Bentil and had told him that he would by all means revenge for the brutalities and the loss of his gold chain, ring and money.

Ex-Staff Sergeant Christian Kofi Ahadzi complained of being denied a number of promotions and an opportunity to travel to England after having passed an examination that qualified him for an overseas course.

He also complained of some punitive movements within the Ghana Armed Forces that affected his promotion and about the pulling down of his drinking bar by Tema Development Corporation.

Ex-Staff Sergeant Ahadzi said his wife was also picked up by soldiers to Michel Camp and beaten for selling cigarette and other items.

Source: GNA
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