Eric Norgbey believes the deceased, Eric Ofotsu, did not deserve the treatment meted out by the soldier, describing the turn of events as wicked and barbaric.

In a statement, the legislator said he does not believe the story put out by the Ghana Armed Forces (GAF) and called for the guilty officer and his colleagues to be immediately recalled.

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“As Member of Parliament for the Ashaiman Constituency, I condemn in the strongest possible terms this barbaric and wicked act of a trigger-happy military officer,” sections of the statement read.

“Information gathered from the scene which I have no basis to doubt and contrary to the claims contained in the Military’s statement suggests that the deceased did not warrant this inhumane and disproportionate use of force from a professional military officer whose training demands a far worthy example.

“As much as the life of this young innocent gentleman cannot be brought back, I demand with immediate effect thorough and independent investigations into circumstances leading to the death of this young man.”

The deceased was shot dead following a reported scuffle with a military man who was enforcing lockdown directives.

The Ghana Armed Forces said the civilian attempted to disarm a soldier who was conducting an arrest as part of the COVID-19 restrictions on movement.

The military hierarchy, in a statement, said the soldier’s riffle went off accidentally and killed the civilian.

Meanwhile, investigations are currently ongoing concerning the matter.