The Ghana Armed Forces (GAF) has disproved media claims that a soldier named Private Asare Boateng was detained for allegedly stealing $23,000 from a civilian.
The suspect is a fake, according to GAF.
According to a statement, he is not a soldier, band member with the Signal Regiment, or GAF civilian staff member.
In support of this, the statement stated that Asare Boateng was detained by the Military Police in Takoradi on Friday, September 16, 2022. Boateng had been accused of impersonating a soldier and extorting money from gullible civilians at Elmina in the Central Region.
Asare Boateng admitted to using extortion and impersonation during questioning.
He was subsequently turned over by the Military Police to the Kwasimintim Police Station in Takoradi for further legal action.
In contrast to claims in the media, the Ghana Armed Forces (GAF) wants to emphasize that the suspect (Asare Boateng) is not a Soldier and is not linked with any Unit of the Ghana Armed Forces and should not be treated as such.
“In the same vein, GAF wishes to appeal to the media to make use of its policy of open doors and to seek clarifications on such things in order to prevent the publishing of false reports that bring GAF into discredit.
In order for the country to have a secure environment for socioeconomic development, the statement added, “GAF wishes to reassure the general public that it will continuously work with all stakeholders to weed out criminal elements in the society, including any uniformed personnel who engages in an illegal activity.”
Story by: Frebetha A Adjoh