In a solemn announcement, the Ghana Armed Forces (GAF) has confirmed the untimely demise of Private Bayou Roger, a member of the 5 Infantry Battalion, due to a tragic suspected accidental discharge of his rifle.
The incident unfolded at the Base Ammunition Depot (BAD) located near Michel Camp, marking a somber day for the nation’s military community.
According to an official statement released on August 19, the unfortunate event transpired at approximately 0750 hours, as Private Bayou Roger was preparing to relieve his colleague from duty at 0800 hours.
The GAF’s preliminary investigative report indicated that while seated on his bed, his rifle inexplicably discharged, striking him fatally under the chin. The sudden and unexpected discharge resulted in his immediate demise, casting a pall of sorrow over his comrades.
Brigadier General E Aggrey-Quashie, the Director General of Public Relations for the Ghana Armed Forces, conveyed the organization’s condolences to the grieving family, friends, colleagues, and loved ones of the fallen soldier.
The statement, both poignant and heartrending, highlighted the profound loss suffered by the entire military community.
The soldier’s remains were transferred to the 37 Military Hospital mortuary, as authorities swiftly began collaborating on a thorough investigation into the circumstances surrounding the tragic incident.
The GAF’s Military Police joined forces with the Homicide Unit of the Ghana Police from the GBETSELE Police Station, working tirelessly to uncover the details that led to the unfortunate mishap.
The incident served as a poignant reminder of the inherent risks faced by those in uniform, even in moments of routine duty.
The GAF acknowledged the gravity of the incident, expressing its deepest sympathy and sorrow while vowing to support Private Bayou Roger’s family and friends through this difficult time.
As the nation mourns the loss of Private Bayou Roger, the incident underscores the critical nature of safety protocols and vigilance in military environments, as well as the tight-knit bond that unites the men and women of the Ghana Armed Forces in times of tragedy.