The Ghana Armed Forces (GAF) says they are embarking on more stringent measures in accordance with the law and its rules of engagement, to appropriately deal with the growing menace of individuals and various groups, using military pattern clothing, equipment and other accoutrement in the country.
The move rides on the disclosures and investigations which indicate that some miscreants have been deliberately acquiring these military pattern clothing and equipment including guns, for diabolical reasons thereby escalating tension in some communities and also placing the Ghana Armed Forces in disrepute.
According to GAF, the sale, wearing of military uniforms and use of military grade equipment by unauthorised persons is prohibited under NLCD 177.
GAF in a release signed by the Director of Public Relations, Naval Captain Michael Addo Larbi said on December 21, 2022, GAF arrested a man in Bawku engaging in the re-spraying of a vehicle in military pattern colours.
The release adds that other reports gathered indicate that some persons who dressed in military pattern and military colour shades of clothing, have been allegedly engaged in several criminal activities towards the end of last year and early this month.
“These incidents have led to unsubstantiated allegations and circulation of false information in the media that military personnel were rather responsible for these acts”
It further explained that those who continue to violate this Decree and others who connive in this violation will be dealt with and made to face the full rigours of the law if found.
GAF assures the public that its personnel will put in all efforts to fish out the alleged perpetrators who wear military patterned clothing and use military equipment to commit crimes and to deceive the unsuspecting public.
“These miscreants and imposters are derailing the immense role the Ghana Armed Forces is playing in order to secure the country, restore normalcy to some conflict-prone areas, and to deter crime in various parts of the country” the release added.
GAF urges the public to help and support them enforce these measures in the interest of the needed peace and security for Ghana’s socio-economic development as they are still committed to protecting the citizenry at all times.
Below is the release by GAF: