The National Democratic Congress (NDC) Member of Parliament (MP) for Adaklu in the Volta Region, Hon Kwame Governs Agbodza, on Thursday morning November 8, dragged the Minister for the Interior to parliament to explain as to the circumstances leading to the recall of the Ghana Police Unit on United Nations mission in South Sudan on sexual misconduct allegations.
According to the MP, who described the allegation as serious scandal said, it was proper parliament is inform about the necessary action take to deal with the matter and to prevent future occurrence.
Asking questions on the floor of parliament, Mr Agbodza said, “Mr Speaker, I rise to ask the Minister for the Interior the circumstances leading to the recall of the Ghana Police Unit on United Nations mission in South Sudan on sexual misconduct allegations?
But in response, the Minister for Interior, Mr Ambrose Dery said, the 46 police officers involved have been interdicted over sexual exploitation charges.
He said, the Ghana Police administration has dispatched a three-member team of investigators to South Sudan to investigate the alleged sexual exploitation and abuse involving the said 46 police officers on a United Nations mission in South Sudan.
According to him, the said officers were allegedly involved in sexual misconduct and have been withdrawn to Juba and further assured that the office sails who would be implicated in the alleged misconduct would be dealt with according to law.
“Mr. Speaker, on 23rd February, 2018 the Ghana Police Service, received a report of Sexual Exploitation and Abuse (SEA) case against some personnel of the Ghana Formed Police Unit (FPU) 1 Detachment at Wau Protection of Civilian (POC) Camp, South Sudan from the Permanent Mission of Ghana to the United Nations.”
“In line with UN practice in such cases, the Detachment of 46 personnel was immediately withdrawn to Juba. The Office of the Internal Oversight Services (OIOS), a UN independent body was commissioned to investigate the allegations,” he told parliament.
He added that the officers in question have been since been interdicted, pending the conclusion of the investigation.
Ambrose Dery also told the house that urgent steps were being taken by his ministry and the Attorney-General to amend the Ghana Police Service Regulations 2012 (C176) to include sexual exploitation and abuse which are not explicitly captured under the current regulations.
He explained that in line with the UN zero adherence policy on sexual exploitation and abuse, the detachment of the 46 personnel was repatriated on administrative grounds to Ghana on 30th May 2018.