GAF cautions against calls for attacks on soldiers

The Ghana Armed Forces (GAF) have warned against calls for attacks on soldiers. GAF believes that such calls constitute a substantial threat to the nation’s security and stability.

The warning from the GAF comes after a widely shared video showed Ernest Frimpong, an NPP candidate for parliament in the Western Region’s Amenfi East district, appearing to urge those who might be involved in small-scale mining to oppose arrests by soldiers.

On the other hand, Ernest Frimpong has denied any endorsement of illicit mining or encouragement of miners to oppose military forces.

Mr. Frimpong refuted the accusation by saying he was misrepresented during the two-hour conversation with small-scale artisanal miners.

GAF cautions against calls for attacks on soldiers

However, in a press statement dated Monday, June 10, 2024, the Director General in Charge of Public Relations of the Ghana Armed Forces, Brigadier General E. Aggrey-Quashie, stated that his organization had “taken note of viral videos on social media calling for attacks on soldiers and other security personnel.”

“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.
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“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.”

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