East Legon: Motorcyclist shot by soldier in military pick-up vehicle

A soldier in a military pick-up that was moving behind a bullion van has allegedly shot and injured a motorcyclist at East Legon in Accra.

The incident occurred on Friday afternoon.

According to an eyewitness, the soldier, who was in a military pick-up vehicle, after shooting the motorcyclist, moved on behind the bullion van without stopping.

It is not clear whether the military pick-up was responsible for providing security to the bullion van.
team of police officers who reportedly witnessed the incident chased the military pick-up vehicle without success.

“I saw a bullion van coming and behind it was a military pickup. It had a couple of officers at the back. A few seconds later, I saw a biker behind me, and he rode and came next to me trying to give way to the bullion van, and all I heard was a gunshot. A soldier behind the pickup truck shot the biker. They never stopped and drove off. As to what the soldier saw before he shot, I don’t know,” an eyewitness said.
The rider, who sustained gunshot wounds on the hand, was sent to the Bloom Medical Centre for medical attention.

East Legon: Motorcyclist shot by soldier in military pick-up vehicle
Citi NewsroombyCiti Newsroom July 23, 2021 Reading Time: 2 mins read

A soldier in a military pick-up that was moving behind a bullion van has allegedly shot and injured a motorcyclist at East Legon in Accra.

The incident occurred on Friday afternoon.

According to an eyewitness, the soldier, who was in a military pick-up vehicle, after shooting the motorcyclist, moved on behind the bullion van without stopping.

It is not clear whether the military pick-up was responsible for providing security to the bullion van.

A team of police officers who reportedly witnessed the incident chased the military pick-up vehicle without success.

“I saw a bullion van coming and behind it was a military pickup. It had a couple of officers at the back. A few seconds later, I saw a biker behind me, and he rode and came next to me trying to give way to the bullion van, and all I heard was a gunshot. A soldier behind the pickup truck shot the biker. They never stopped and drove off. As to what the soldier saw before he shot, I don’t know,” an eyewitness said.
The rider, who sustained gunshot wounds on the hand, was sent to the Bloom Medical Centre for medical attention.

Meanwhile, a brother of the victim who is with him at the health facility but wants to remain anonymous, said he “he is getting better”.

The victim, in a later interview, told Citi News that he does not recall doing anything wrong to merit the shooting.

“I don’t know what I did wrong at that point… I didn’t block them,” he said.

He said he has since received a police medical form and will be undergoing further medical attention at the 37 Military Hospital.

“I was treated at the Bloom Medical Centre… I am now on my way to the 37 Military Hospital to get further checks,” he added.

Source: Citinewsroom.com

The solider might be right or wrong depending on what he saw. Maybe a threat or it was a mistake. In the military, there is a term they use especially with Snipers; PID the target. Positive Identification of the target. If the military man failed to do so, then he is in some serious trouble. He could be court marshalled or dishonorably discharged for shooting unarmed civilian.

Hmmm again and again things shootings are going on.
The fact that there was a bullion van attacks in recent times by motor riders is not to say that anyone ridding motor in a particular time is an armed robber.

The military man should’ve judged the situation well before pulling the trigger. The rider maybe innocent.

The military man executed an unprofessional duty. In the Sense being that, if he was certain about any suspicious, after taking the shoot he should have stopped. But they drove off.
The Rider was not armed according to the news neither did he make any attempt of robbing the Van. If this is how they are going to be shooting Riders who might be following bullion vans thinking they are armed robbers, they need psychological attention.