The Commanding Officer of the 4th Infantry Battalion, Lt. Col. Kwesi Ware Peprah has debunked claims that the soldier who was spotted kneeling during the Ejura protest shot at the demonstrators.
Lt. Col. Kwesi Peprah speaking to the committee probing the incident said the soldier only knelt and aimed at the protestors just to warn them.
He explained that kneeling and aiming at protestors is part of the standard operating procedure used by them to control crowd.
According to him, the soldiers who were deployed to calm the irate youth gave verbal warnings, fired warning shots, but did not intend to shoot at the protestors to k!ll.
“The first is a verbal warning, the second is to cock 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 the kneeling, to aim. As a matter of fact, the direction of the man [soldier] who knelt was such that no casualty came from that side. He didn’t fire. He fired only warning shots, but when he went down, he didn’t fire,” he told the committee.