UN sends home Ghana police contingent after charges of sexual exploitation

UN sends home Ghana police contingent after charges of sexual exploitation

- Number of how many were sent home has not been disclosed to the public

- The UN is yet to finish its investigations into the matter

The United Nations has sent home Ghanaian police peacekeepers who have been indicted indicted for sexual misconduct in South Sudan. The charge was brought against in February of this year and they were repatriated to Accra on May 30.

Officials did not give information on their arrival. As a result, the number of peacekeepers who were repatriated is not even known. What is also unknown is how much the investigations have revealed.

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However TV3 reports that details are soon to be made public according to Ghana Police.

UN sends home Ghana police after sexual exploitation charges were leveled against them

COP Kofi Boakye

In late May 2018, the Director General of the Police Intelligence and Professional Standards, COP Kofi Boakye, confirmed that the IGP’s team to Sudan was done with its investigations. The team was therefore awaiting the results of the UN investigators.

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This wait for the UN was to enable them to “compare notes in order to have a compete and comprehensive report”.

On February 22 of this year, 46 members of the Formed Police Unit were recalled from Wau and confined to a base in Juba. They were members of the Ghana peacekeeping contingent accused of sexual exploitation.

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According to preliminary investigations from the UN Ghanaian personnel were allegedly engaged in transactional sex. This means the officers were involved in an exchange of sex for other gains.

This was against the UN's Code of Conduct that prohibits sexual relationships with vulnerable individuals.

At the time, Director of Public Affairs of the Ghana Police Service, ACP David Eklu said:

“The necessary administrative inquiry will be conducted upon their return and if they’re found guilty they may be reduced in rank or removed from the service”.

The personnel arrived at the Kotoka International Airport in a chartered flight at exactly 1:30pm last Wednesday.

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