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GHANA ARMY WARNS NPP MAN ERNEST FRIMPONG, OTHERS

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Ken Kuranchie
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Following the widely circulated video of a leading member of the New Patriotic Party (NPP), Ernest Frimpong, an aspirant for a parliamentary seat from Amenfi East and others who are calling for attacks on its soldiers, the Ghana Armed Forces (GAF) has strongly condemned such utterances, describing such calls as ‘unlawful’ and likely to cause significant threat to the ‘security and stability of our nation’.

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“The Ghana Armed Forces (GAF) has 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,” a statement yesterday said. 

It was contained in a press release dated 10th June, 2024. It was titled ‘GAF Cautions against Calls for Attacks on Soldiers’. 

It was contained in a press release dated 10th June, 2024. It was titled ‘GAF Cautions against Calls for Attacks on Soldiers’. 

It was signed by Brigadier General E Aggrey-Quashie, Director General, Public Relations.

GAF therefore condemned any form of incitement or encouragement of violence against 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,” the statement said. 

The statement said that 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. 

“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, 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. It is against this premise that GAF wishes to remind and caution the public that assaulting or attacking soldiers is a grave offense punishable by law. It implores all citizens to respect, cooperate and support our soldiers and to refrain from engaging in acts of violence or incitement against them. 

“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 statement concluded. 

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