- Defence Minister has denied claims that the deployed military officers are to intimidate the people of the Volta Region
Nitiwul revealed that the military personnel have been deployed to all the borders across the country
- He said the soldiers are to stop the movement of people into the country through unapproved routes
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Defence Minister Dominic Nitiwul says it is not true that the deployment of soldiers is only to the Volta and Oti regions, as claimed by the minority, National Democratic Congress (NDC) and their flagbearer, John Dramani Mahama.
According to the him, soldiers and officers have been deployed to border areas across Ghana.
Speaking at a press briefing, on Monday, 29 June 2020, Nitiwul said operation ‘Enhanced Calm Life’ will last for as long as the President keeps Ghana’s borders closed.
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He, however, gave the breakdown of the deployment of military personnel as follows:
Volta Region – three officers, 95 soldiers
Oti Region – two officers, 70 soldiers
Northern Region – five officers, 105 soldiers
North-East Region – three officers, 99 soldiers
Upper East – eight officers, 199 soldiers
Upper West – three operational areas – Wa (One officer, 15 soldiers), Tumu (One officer, 35 soldiers), Hamile (four officers, 15 soldiers)
Savanna (Damongo and Bole) – no officers, 21 soldiers
Bono Region – 64 soldiers
He also assured the chiefs and the people of the Volta Region that government is not and has no plan to disenfranchise the people.
"The information the NDC Minority and former president John Mahama are feeding them is pure propaganda," hse said.
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YEN.com.gh earlier reported that former president, Jerry John Rawlings, has condemned the presence of military personnel in the Volta and Oti regions ahead of the voter registration exercise.
The exercise is expected to start on 30 June, however, residents in the two regions have expressed concerns about the ubiquitous nature of military operations in most of the border towns.
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