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GAF cautions against calls for attacks on soldiers 

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The Ghana Armed Forces (GAF) has issued a warning against inciting violence towards its personnel, labeling such actions as illegal and a threat to national security and stability.

This comes after a viral video on social media captured the Parliamentary Candidate for Amenfi East, Ernest Frimpong, urging miners to attack police officers and soldiers who extort money from them.

In his defence, He claimed that he also urged miners to report any instances of extortion and harassment by unauthorised individuals claiming to be law enforcement officers.

However, the GAF emphasised that its members and allied security forces strictly adhere to professional, disciplined, and human rights-respecting conduct.

The GAF urged that any misconduct by soldiers should be reported to the proper authorities for disciplinary action.

They highlighted the right of soldiers to self-defense when faced with imminent threats or attacks, stressing that necessary and proportionate force may be used to protect themselves and others in such situations.

“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,” part of the statement read.

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