Ghana's police peace mission in South Sudan sacked for sexual misconduct

Ghana's police peace mission in South Sudan sacked for sexual misconduct

- Police officials in peace missions at South Sudan have been suspended

- All 46 member personnel have been recalled after allegations of sexual misconduct

- Ghana's police department is yet to comment on this development

Ghana's police department working with the U.N. peace mission in South Sudan has been suspended following allegations of sexual assault against them.

What this means is that all 46-member unit from Ghana will have to stop protecting civilians in Wau until investigations are over.

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Ghana's police peace mission in South Sudan sacked for sexual misconduct

Ghana's police peace mission in South Sudan (Photo: Myjoyonline.com)

A statement by the United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) “indicates that some members of the FPU (Formed Police Unit) allegedly engaged in transactional sex."

According to the statement, “on 8 February, a complaint alleging that members of the Ghanaian Formed Police Unit (FPU) were engaging in sexual activity with women living at the UN Protection of Civilians site in Wau."

The suspension follows an earlier warning by the minister of defense, Dominic Nitiwul, in 2017 to soldiers in peace missions to stop having sexual activities with civilians.

He said violating this directive amounts to misconduct, and one risks being sacked from the army if he/she goes contrary to the directive.

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Meanwhile, the police department here in Ghana is yet to comment on this development.

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