The Minister for Interior, Ambrose Dery, has urged residents of border communities to report cases of abuse by security personnel to authorities for investigation and appropriate punishment.
According to him, the supervising authorities will not countenance any act of misconduct on the part of security personnel deployed to protect the country’s borders.
The government recently deployed more security personnel to the country’s borders.
But the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) has accused the government of deliberately deploying the military to intimidate residents in its strongholds prior to the commencement of the voter registration exercise.
However, the Interior Minister on Tuesday, July 7, 2020, speaking at a short ceremony where government presented 50 vehicles to the Ghana Immigration Service for Border duties urged persons with allegations against the security deployment to make them known.
“As far as I know, people are registering but any person who has any allegations against any member of the security personnel; be it immigration, police or military trying to prevent them from registering to vote, I can assure you that the government is on the side of that person,” Mr. Dery said.
No soldier has brutalized anyone in Volta Region
In a related development, the Ghana Armed Forces (GAF) also rejected claims that military persons deployed to the Volta Region are assaulting and intimidating residents.
“We also wish to assure all and sundry that troops will uphold the high standards of professionalism in the performance of their duties,” it said in a statement on July 2.
The Armed Forces, however, assured that an security personnel found culpable of going against the law in line of duty will be thoroughly investigated and the case dealt with in accordance with GAF Regulations.