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Soldiers will defend themselves against attacks – GAF warns public


Ghana Armed Forces (GAF) has issued a stern warning to the public in response to the circulation of viral videos on social media advocating for attacks on soldiers and other security personnel.

This caution follows a charge given by the New Patriotic Party’s parliamentary candidate for Amenfi East, Ernest Frimpong, to illegal miners to beat up soldiers who attempt to halt their mining in the area.

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In a video that has gone viral on social media, the parliamentary candidate is seen at a forum with individuals believed to be illegal miners, 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.

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Also present at this forum was Western Regional Minister Kwabena Okyere Darko-Mensah, who also heads the Security Council in the region.

Reacting to this, GAF emphasised such actions are illegal and pose a threat to national security and stability.

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GAF cautioned that the consequences of such confrontations could be severe and stressed the importance of avoiding them.

GAF reiterated that attacking or assaulting soldiers is a serious offence punishable by law, urging all citizens to respect, cooperate with, and support the Armed Forces.

The statement called for public cooperation to refrain from engaging in or encouraging acts of violence against soldiers.

The Ghana Armed Forces reaffirmed their dedication to the values of professionalism, integrity, and service to the nation, as well as their collaboration with other security agencies to protect Ghana’s interests while respecting citizens’ rights and dignity.

GAF encouraged the public to address their concerns or grievances through the Department of Public Relations, maintaining an open-door policy to address issues constructively.

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