NO GHANAIAN SOLDIER BEING PROBED OVER ISIS – GHANA ARMED FORCES

President Mahama Commander-in-Chief of the Ghana Armed  Forces inspecting the army at a parade

President Mahama Commander-in-Chief of the Ghana Armed Forces inspecting the army at a parade

The Ghana Armed Forces (GAF) has denied claims that a Ghanaian soldier is being investigated over his alleged flirtation with ISIS. According to GAF, Private Bawa Abdul Rahman, who is the soldier in question, is only being probed over “disciplinary matter which came up after a field exercise some months ago.”

“He, however, absconded and remains absent ‘without leave’ (AWOL). His scheduled interview was not in relation to any possible links with ISIS but purely a disciplinary hearing,” a statement from the Public Relations Directorate of GAF stressed.

It added: “Subsequently a social media post went viral claiming the soldier absconded because he was being investigated for possible links with ISIS. The Ghana Armed Forces wishes to further state that following the social media post, the outcome of background checks and fact finding could not establish any such links.”

The statement issued by the Ghana Armed Forces in connection with the incident says;

REPORTS OF SOLDIER LINKED TO ISIS IS FALSE
The Ghana Armed Forces wishes to state that a report indicating a Ghanaian soldier is under investigations for links with ISIS is UNTRUE. The soldier, Private Bawa Abdul Rahman was scheduled to appear on an interview at the General Headquarters a few days ago in respect of a disciplinary matter which came up after a field exercise some months ago.

He however absconded and remains Absent Without Leave (AWOL). His scheduled interview was not in relation to any possible links with ISIS but purely a disciplinary hearing. Subsequently a social media post went viral claiming the soldier absconded because he was being investigated for possible links with ISIS. The Ghana Armed Forces wishes to further state that following the social media post, the outcome of background checks and fact finding could not establish any such links.

GAF is however still investigating the source of the social media post from which the media picked up that information for publication. The Ghana Armed Forces therefore wishes to notify all media houses that the social media post is not authentic hence to desist from further publication and broadcast as the information therein is not correct.

Furthermore, GAF wishes to assure the media and the public of positive collaboration to enhance the security of Ghana in an atmosphere of circumspection and with due regard for public safety and security. The letter was signed by Colonel E Aggrey-Quashie, who is the Director, Public Relations of the Ghana Armed Forces.

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