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Soldiers Have Right to Self Defence; GAF on Inciting Comments

The Ghana Armed Forces (GAF) says military officers and personnel of state security agencies reserve their right to defend themselves against any attack from the public.

This statement was released by the Forces in response to a viral video of the NPP parliamentary candidate in the Amenfi East constituency of Western Region, Ernest Frimpong, urging persons suspected to be involved in small-scale mining to resist arrests by soldiers.

This comment deemed inciting has been condemned as the Forces cautioned the public against it.

“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.”

It stated that such attacks have the propensity to end up in a dire situation as their personnel are entitled to self-defence.

“It is important to note, soldiers like any individual, have the right to self-defence 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 noted that its personnel are committed to upholding the highest standards of professionalism, discipline, and respect for human rights in the execution of their duties and directed the public to report the misconduct of its personnel to the nearest police station or military barracks for the appropriate disciplinary action to be taken.

“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,” it added.


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