Robbery allegations against three soldiers inaccurate – GAF

Source The Ghana Report

The Ghana Armed Forces (GAF) has dismissed reports that three of its personnel have been arrested for robbery.

A statement by GAF, describing the reportage as premature, categorically stated that the Amasaman police had arrested no personnel for robbery.

The statement comes on the back of reports that three soldiers and one other had been arrested in connection with a robbery incident at Nsakina near Amasaman on 4 June 2022.

The police report indicates that the four suspects scaled a wall into the residence of the complainant and robbed him and his friends of eight different mobile phones.

They are also said to have forcibly made the victims transfer an amount of GH₵850 to a registered MTN number bearing the name Gabriel Yinsabilik.

But according to GAF, the said allegations are being investigated and have not been established, so it is therefore erroneous and premature to suggest that the three personnel are armed robbers.

Referencing a story by The Chronicle, which announced the arrest of the soldiers for robbery, the Ghana Armed Forces (GAF) explained that a Nigerian national had reported the soldiers to the Amasaman Police Station for alleged extortion and seizure of phones and forced entry into a premise at Nsakina.

The statement further said that based on the report against the soldiers, there was a joint investigation into the matter by the military police and the civil police.

Subsequently, the “Military Police escorted the three soldiers to the Amasaman Police Station where they were compelled to avail themselves for their photographs to be taken as part of a routine investigation process.”

GAF said preliminary investigations by the Military Police indicate that one of the soldiers had claimed he had monitored suspicious movements in the house occupied by the Nigerian.

Together with his colleagues, they proceeded to the house and after being ushered in by one of the occupants, they noticed some Nigerians busily working on laptops.

But the leader of the group in the house denied any involvement in cyber fraud or any criminal activity and offered to report any such activity to the security services.

GAF is therefore worried over the haste in releasing such information with pictures into the public domain on a yet-to-be-determined matter.

The authority urged the media and other stakeholders to follow due process for the veracity of claims to be made to ensure accurate information is published.

It, however, stressed that it does not condone any criminal act by its personnel nor shield any soldier engaged in such activities.

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