On Tuesday, December 27, 2022, some soldiers on guard at the Bank of Ghana (BoG) premises in Takoradi, Western Region, allegedly brutalised some innocent members of a masquerade group who were parading through the city’s streets.
In a video sighted by Ted News Ghana, the victim, Roberta Monkah, narrated the incident, and how she was left with wounds under her right eye as a result of the assault.
“We were in a procession and someone lighted firecrackers and rushed back to my fiancé and I. Out of nowhere three soldiers from the Bank of Ghana approached us and started assaulting my fiancé. So it was there I told them that he is not the one who lit it. But out of nowhere a soldier from behind kicked me and I fell and he hit my lower eye with the butt of his gun leaving blood gushing out,” the young “ankos” lady narrated.
As a result, she was transported to the Ghana Ports and Harbours Hospital in Takoradi for medical treatment.
She did, however, add that after filing a complaint at the Takoradi Central Police Station, she was asked to bring a doctor’s report, which she has yet to obtain for a fee of GHc500.
Various masquerade groups parade and dance to brass band music on the streets of the Sekondi Takoradi metropolis during the Christmas season.
Takoradi has earned the title of most popular Christmas destination.