Extortion: GAF dismisses 4 Operation Vanguard soldiers
The Ghana Armed Forces has dismissed four soldiers over their involvement in illegal operations in Wassa Akropong on May 30, 2018.
The four are to serve 90 days in detention with “consequential penalties” after which they will be released from the Ghana Armed Forces having connived with individuals to extort money from illegal miners.
One other soldier is to spend 60 days in custody and will subsequently be demoted from Corporal to Private.
Below is the full release from GAF
The Ghana Armed Forces severely sanctioned five soldiers for their involvement in illegal operations in the Wassa Akropong general area on 30 May 2018.
The soldiers namely, 197533 Cpl Mensah S, 199442 Cpl Nkuah P, 199499 Cpl Owoo SB, 203225 L/Cpl Boateng SY and 203538 L/Cpl Obeng S, were tried by a Disciplinary Board in accordance with Ghana Armed Forces Rules and Regulations.
With the exception of Cpl Mensah S, who was sentenced to 60 days detention and a reduction in rank from Corporal to Private, the remaining four soldiers were all sentenced to 90 days detention with consequential penalties, including release from the Ghana Armed Forces for services no longer required, after serving their sentences.
The Military High Command wishes to once again assure the general public that under no circumstance will it condone any unprofessional conduct by any member of the Ghana Armed Forces. Meanwhile, the zeal with which OP VANGUARD is being prosecuted will be maintained and will not in any way be affected by this isolated incident.
Director Public Relations