Ghana Armed Forces

The Ghana Armed Forces (GAF) on Thursday gave the assurance to citizens that the deployment of military troops to Aflao and its environs was not a ploy to molest citizens but rather, to ensure that people in such areas are well protected.

“The Ghana Armed Forces wishes to assure all Ghanaians, and especially the good people of Aflao and the adjoining communities, that the deployment of troops (in conjunction with other security agencies) is to ensure the protection of the citizenry and not to intimidate them.”

A statement from GAF signed by Colonel E. Aggrey-Quashie, Director for Public Relations, GAF and copied the Ghana News Agency said their attention was drawn to a report alleging that civilians at the those communities were molested by soldiers deployed there.

It said that after thorough investigations into the allegations leveled against the Force, the outcome indicated that no soldier was involved in any such act.

Colonel E. Aggrey-Quashie encouraged all residents to go about their normal duties without any fear or anxiety and assured that the troops would not relent to uphold the high standards of professionalism in the performance of their duties.

However, he said that any incident of infraction of the law, involving any Service person, would be thoroughly investigated and the case dealt with in accordance with GAF Regulations.

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The Ghana news Agency (GNA) was established on March 5, 1957, i.e. on the eve of Ghana's independence and charged with the "dissemination of truthful unbiased news". It was the first news agency to be established in Sub-Saharan Africa. GNA was part of a comprehensive communication policy that sought to harness the information arm of the state to build a viable, united and cohesive nation-state. GNA has therefore been operating in the unique role of mobilizing the citizens for nation building, economic and social development, national unity and integration.


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