Meet the top military officer who took over from Rawlings as Chief of Defense Staff (Photo)

Meet the top military officer who took over from Rawlings as Chief of Defense Staff (Photo)

- A retired military officer known as Lieutenant General Arnold Quainoo has been spotted in a photo with the former president of Burkina Faso, Thomas Sankara.

- His impressive military record includes time as the Chief of Defense Staff of the Ghana Armed Forces

- He's on record to have taken over from former president Jerry John Rawlings

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Information available to YEN.com.gh shows that a retired Ghanaian military officer known as Lieutenant General Arnold Quainoo took charge as Chief of Defence Staff from former president Jerry John Rawlings.

He occupied the office of Chief of Defense Staff of the Ghana Armed Forces (GAF) from August 1983 to September 1989, after which he handed over to Lieutenant General Winston Mensa-Wood.

Per records, he was the first military officer to command the Economic Community of West African States Monitoring Group (ECOMOG).

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It was during his tenure at ECOMOG, according to Ghana The Black Star of Africa, that they intervened in Liberia to help end the civil war.

He also served on two occasions as the Army Commander, the first of which was in the year 1979, following the coup-d'état by the Armed Forces Revolutionary Council (AFRC) which overthrew the Supreme Military Council (SMC).

He was however replaced when the Hilla Limann government took over the administration of the country.

Lieutenant General Arnold Quainoo was re-appointed as Chief of Army Staff following the coup by the Provisional National Defence Council.

He later served as General Officer Commanding the Ghana Armed Forces.

In a photo that has since gone viral, he is seen seated on the extreme right with the former president of Burkina Faso, Thomas Sankara.

In other news, YEN.com.gh has a photo that shows a former king of the Ashantis, Prempeh I, in exile at Seychelles, an archipelago country in the Indian Ocean.

Information available shows that he began his exile in the country after he arrived from the West African country of Sierra Leone.

He was exiled in the year 1896 and per reports available, he ended up in such a situation as the foreign powers acquired territories in Africa.

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