- The Deputy Defence Minister, has stated that it is not entirely bad for security forces to discipline civilians who defy restrictions on movement directives
- He believes that the military disciplining those who defy President Akufo-Addo's directive, is in the right direction
- He said some of the brutalities meted out by the soldiers were not acceptable, but most of them were for the greater good
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The Deputy Defence Minister, Major Derrick Oduro (Rtd), has stated that it is better to allow the military and other security forces to discipline civilians who defy restrictions on movement directives than allow the coronavirus disease spread.
The retired military officer strongly believes that the military disciplining those who defy President Akufo-Addo's directive is in the right direction.
Speaking on JoyNews and as reported by theghanareport, the minister said although some of the brutalities meted out by the soldiers were not acceptable, they were for the greater good.
“.... maybe, a soldier brushing the eyes of a recalcitrant person with some cane is better than to be infected with the disease than you going round to infect others and then a whole number of people will die,” he told JoyNews.
According to him, the media should not give attention to persons who defy the directive and are later seeking justice after being disciplined.
He, however, quickly added that those military officers who were captured in certain viral videos brutalising people would be punished after thorough investigations are carried out.
President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, since the spread of the virus, has been announcing measures to curtail the spread and announced a partial lockdown of certain towns and cities.
In a bid to enforce such a directive, security personnel were deployed to vantage points to ensure that people were doing the right thing.
Unfortunately, some recalcitrant individuals have made it a point to defy such directives which were put in place for their own good.
In a bid to make individuals adhere to the directive, Lt Colonel Micheal Afreh Mfum was spotted in a viral video appealing to Ghanaians to stay at home to protect their own lives.
He was lauded for choosing to speak nicely to the passengers aboard the trotro instead of using brute force.
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