Desist from inciting public against soldiers – GAF warns

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The Ghana Armed Forces (GAF) has cautioned individuals to desist from inciting the public to attack soldiers in the course of performing their duty.

According to the security service, calls for such attacks on soldiers are unlawful and pose a threat to security and stability.

In a release signed by Director General Public Relations Brigadier General Aggrey-Quashie on June 10, GAF 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.”

Also, the release said soldiers also have a right to self- defense therefore if people decide to attack soldier, they might end up getting hurt themselves.

“It is important to note, soldiers like any individuals, have the right to self-defense when faced with imminent 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,” the release read.

Meanwhile, GAF has assured the public that it is committed to maintaining ethical standards and protecting the rights and interests of Ghanaians.

“Once again, GAF wishes to reiterate its commitment to upholding the values of professionalism, integrity and service to the nation. We will continue to cooperate with sister security agencies to protect and defend Ghana’s interests while respecting the rights and dignity of all citizens. GAF operates an open-door policy and therefore wishes to encourage the public to channel their concerns or grievances through the Department of Public Relations of the Ghana Armed Forces,” the release added.


In a video that has gone viral on social media, the parliamentary candidate for Amenfi East Constituency in the Western Region, Ernest Frimpong is seen at a forum with individuals believed to be illegal miners, allegedly advising them to resist military officers who claim they are there to patrol the area and attempt to forcefully remove them.

He emphasised that no military personnel have been authorised to manage the sites at this time, so miners should fight back if necessary.

However, Mr Frimpong, in his defence, admitted to being the person in the video but refuted engaging with illegal miners, stating that he was speaking to miners in the community.

Meanwhile, Mr Frimpong has retracted his comment. He, however, expressed the view that his comment was taken out of context.



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Kennedy Mornah is an Award Winning Ghanaian Journalist with over two decades of experience in the Ghanaian Media landscape spanning the electronic, print and digital media. He is a Media Consultant, a Corporate MC, Radio and TV Host, Founder and Publisher of the Maritime and Transport Digest Newspaper, Businessman, a Go getter and an optimist. He has worked for renowned media organizations including Diamond Fm in Tamale, Luv Fm in Kumasi, Oman Fm in Accra and Starr Fm in Accra In 2017 he received the Reporter of the Year Award at the Ghana Shippers Awards in Accra, Ghana.

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