- The Ghana Armed Forces has vehemently denied claims that soldiers deployed to assist in enforcing the lockdown are brutalizing civilians
- According to Brigadier General Nsiah, the men on the ground are professionals and have been trained not to brutalize anyone
- The military is supporting the police to enforce the 14-day lockdown in Accra, Tema, Kasoa, and Kumasi
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The Ghana Armed Forces (GAF) has described videos on social media showing alleged brutalities by personnel of Operation COVID Safety on some citizens as “doctored” and “unrelated” to the ongoing lockdown operation.
According to GAF, the deliberate circulation of the material is orchestrated by certain individuals with the objective of casting the security agencies in the operation in a bad light.
A statement by GAF said: “It’s unfortunate that at a time when the will of the Nation is united to confront a real threat, certain groups of people continue with the deliberate distribution of misinformation materials on social media.”
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Meanwhile, on Wednesday, April 1, 2020, the General Officer Commanding (GOC), Southern Command of the Ghana Armed Forces, Brigadier General Abraham Yeboah Nsiah gave some updates at a press conference organized by the Information Ministry.
He indicated that said the soldiers have not done any of the things the public is accusing them of.
Brigadier General Abraham Yeboah Nsiah, however, noted that there have been only an instance of confrontation and the officer involved has been withdrawn to the barracks and handed over to the military police.
He insisted that videos circulating on social media accusing soldiers of brutalizing civilians are old videos.
“I must also emphasize that some videos evolved concerning some brutalities being meted out by some soldiers to some civilians. Let me assure Ghanaians that the soldiers that we have are well trained. They are professionals. They do not brutalize.”
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Also, it was revealed at the press conference that President Akufo-Addo, his wife and family have all tested negative for COVID-19.
This was disclosed by his physician Dr. Patrina Techi-Ankrah.
The president’s staff, according to her, have also been tested. All the results are negative.
YEN.com.gh also reported that Ghana has now recorded 195 COVID-19 cases as of April 1, 2020, the health minister disclosed.
Mr. Kwaku Agyeman-Manu said the number of death still remains at five with 49 patients receiving care at home now.
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