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Military and Police hierarchies condemn junior officers clash in Tamale


Military and Police high commands in the northern region have condemned in no uncertain terms Wednesday’s clash between officers of the two security services.

Top hierarchy of the services took serious exception to the behavior of the officers and vowed to punish officers found culpable.

Residents in Tamale on Wednesday woke up to a disturbing situation as officers from the two security agencies engaged fistfights and gun-play

According to reports, a group of soldiers angry over the arrest of their colleague, stormed the township on that fateful day and viciously pummeled police officers on duty at various points and banks.

But the two agencies high commands acting upon the advice of the defence and interior ministries jointly issued a stern warning to the officers about their unlawful behavior.

On Thursday, a police delegation led by the Director General in charge of police welfare, COP Prosper Agblor and an armed forces delegation led by Air Commodore  Alfred Augustine Appiah, who represented the chief of defence staff met the military in the northern region.

The two took turns to appeal to the conscience of the officers about the need to peacefully coexist to protect ordinary citizens.

A joint statement was issued and signed by Colonel Eric Aggrey Quashie, Director of Public Affairs of the Ghana Armed forces and Director of Public Affairs at the Ghana police service, Assistant Commission of Police, David Eklu.

Committees comprising of military and police members will be set up in regions with army bases to oversee the peaceful coexistence of both services.

The committees’ mandate will also be to promptly deal with acts of indiscipline among the rank and  file and constantly remind officers that they are not above the law.  They are to respect the rule of law and follow their respective chain of command procedures for addressing breaches of law and acts of indiscipline.

The committee will also continue to collaborate to investigate the clash and similar existing cases and officers found culpable will be sanctioned in accordance with the law.




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