The Deputy Minister of Defence, Major Rtd. Derrick Oduro, has warned some member of the public from testing the pulse of the military who are on the street to maintain law and order during the COVID-19 Lockdown.
According to him, intelligence gathered by the Defence Ministry that some persons are deliberately disrespecting the lockdown directive by President.
The Deputy Minister was reacting to some leaked misleading videos of some persons beaten by some members of the security personnel enforcing the lockdown.
These myriad of videos of clashes between security personnel and civilians circulating implied that members of the public were being manhandled by the joint police and military enforcement team.
Security Chiefs commanding the operations in the Greater Accra, Tema and the Greater Kumasi have rebuffed.
Some of those videos traced are proven to be fake and unrelated matters and issues that said to have occurred in other jurisdiction than Ghana.
This, Hon Oduro who is also the Member of Parliament for Nkoranta Nortb told our parliamentary Correspondent, Felix Engsalige Nyaaba, those videos are fake and urged members of the public to disregard those videos insisting that the security personnel are on the grounds for humanitarian and not combat duties.
“I know that there are some recalcitrant people who first and foremost do not want the exercise to succeed putting behind them the implications that this disease can go a long way, to affect other people. They want to go out to test the pulse of the military.”
“You will remember that before the commencement of the exercise, a video came out that the president has sent soldiers to Kumasi to go and beat Kumasi people and that time the exercise hadn’t even started. There were other videos that have come up which are not even in Ghana and why should people do that,” the Deputy Minister quizzed.
He however assured that the ministry in collaboration with the Ghana Armed Forces has taken note of some authentic videos depicting soldiers dealing highhandedly with civilians which will be internally investigated.
“What we are saying is that any case that will come up, we will investigate and if you misbehave we will punish you. If they are not true, we will not punish innocent people because they are the ones we are using and they are not there to terrorize people,” he pointed out.
Meanwhile, parliaments committee on Defence and Interior has been proposing a review of the restrictions imposed relating to markets and transport terminals.
The chairman of the committee Seth Acheampong, who disclosed this after the committee’s meeting with the two-sector ministers did not give details of these proposed reviews they are demanding but expressed worry that traders and drivers were still doing business as usual despite the imposition of restrictions.
Source: therepublicnewsonline.com/Felix Nyaaba