- Ghana Armed Forces is implementing new protocols to protect soldiers deployed in anti-galamsey missions
- This comes after the lynching of one soldier by residents of Denkyira Obuasi
Ghana Armed Forces (GAF) high command has initiated protocols aimed at protecting it’s personnel who’ve been deployed in several areas on the country on anti-galamsey operations duties.
Colonel Aggrey Quarshie, the Ghana Armed Forces’ (GAF) Public Affairs Director, has stated the initiative was being implemented in order to reduce the risk factor officers face during their deployments.
“We are following our rules of engagement to ensure that personnel do not expose themselves to unnecessary danger,” Col. Quarshie said.
The turn of events comes after the brutal lynching of a Ghana Armed Forces soldier, Captain Maxwell Adams Mahama, on Monday in the town of Denkyira Obuasi.
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Captain Mahama was allegedly mistaken for an armed robber by local residents who saw him jogging armed with his gun. The young captain, who was an officer of the 5th Infantry Battalion, was attacked by the town’s youths, beaten, and subsequently burnt to death.
According to the reports, he [Cpt Mahama] was the commander of a military group sent to the Denkyira environs on anti-galamsey operational duties [Operation halt 2].
According to the now dismissed District Chief Executive (DCE), Mr. Daniel Appianin, residents enacted this most extreme form of mob justice on the military officer because he was thought to be protecting Chinese illegal mining operations in the area.
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Speaking to Joy News’ Raymond Acquah on Wednesday, Colonel Quarshie said his outfit wanted to present a new face to the armed forces.
“We want to present a new image where we try to get the laws of the state to work at all times. So, if situations like this come up the idea is to get everybody to understand that there are rules and regulations that should be allowed to work,” he said
According to Colonel Quarshie, when the incident with Captain Mahama occurred the Chief of Defense Staff sent a message to all personnel urging them to remain calm and await the outcomes of the investigation
“This was because it is not easy to wake up and hear that your mate working on behalf of the state has been put through something like this,” he said.
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