Tuesday, 23 July

GAF warns against incitement to attack soldiers

General News

The Ghana Armed Forces (GAF) has issued a warning against calls for attacks on soldiers, stating that such actions pose a significant threat to the nation's security and stability.

This caution follows a viral video featuring Ernest Frimpong, an NPP parliamentary candidate for the Amenfi East constituency in the Western Region. In the video, Mr Frimpong is heard urging individuals suspected of involvement in small-scale mining to resist arrests by soldiers.

Ernest Frimpong has denied the allegations, stating that he does not endorse illegal mining or encourage miners to resist military personnel.

He claims his comments were taken out of context from a two-hour discussion with artisanal small-scale miners.

In a press statement issued on Monday, June 10, 2024, Brigadier General E. Aggrey-Quashie, the Director General in charge of Public Relations at the Ghana Armed Forces, reiterated the caution against attacks on soldiers and other security personnel.

The statement said: “We strongly, wish to caution the public against such utterances. It is instructive to note that such calls are not only unlawful but also pose a significant threat to the security and stability of our nation. We, therefore, condemn any form of incitement or encouragement of violence against our soldiers."

“We wish to assure all and sundry GAF will continue to perform its duties of safeguarding the security of the state and protection of civilians. It is also crucial to understand that personnel of GAF and sister security agencies are committed to upholding the highest standards of professionalism, discipline, and respect for human rights in the execution of their duties,” it added.

It said “in a situation where a soldier misconducts him/herself, the soldier should be reported to the nearest police station or military barracks for the appropriate disciplinary action to be taken.

“It is important to note that, soldiers like any individuals, have the right to self-defense when faced with threats or attacks that pose a danger to their lives or the lives of others. In situations where soldiers are confronted with immediate threats or acts of violence, they are allowed to use necessary and proportionate force to protect themselves and others. It must be noted that the outcome of such avoidable confrontations may be unpleasant and dire.”


Source: Classfmonline.com