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Ghana Police Service Vows To Deal With Fake Prophecies And Publications In 2022



The Ghana Police Service has addressed issues surrounding prophets making doom prophecies about the country and fake publications on social media, saying they will deal with anyone found guilty of such offenses.

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According to the Ghana Police Service, the influx of fake prophecies and publications on news outlets and within the digital space has caused fear and panic among citizens in the year 2021.

In a statement released by the service signed by the Director of Public Affairs of the Ghana Police Service, Supt. Alexander Kwaku Obeng, persons found guilty of causing tension in the Ghanaian society through injurious prophecies and alarming claims without any evidence to back them are liable to a five-year jail term.

As the year 2021 draws to a close, the Ghana Police Service wishes to draw the attention of Ghanaians, especially religious groups, to the fact that whereas we have the right to religion, freedom of worship, and free speech, all of these rights are subject to the respect for the rights and freedoms of others according to our laws, part of the statement reads.

Over the years, communication of prophecies of harm, danger, and death, by some religious leaders, has created tension and panic in the Ghanaian society and put the lives of many people in fear and danger. We want to caution that under Ghanaian law, it is a crime for a person to publish or reproduce a statement, rumor, or report which is likely to cause fear and alarm to the public or to disturb the public peace, where that person has no evidence to prove that the statement, rumor or report is true, it further stated.

It is also a crime for a person, by means of electronic communications service, to knowingly send communication that is false or misleading and likely to prejudice the efficiency of life-saving service or to endanger the safety of any person. A person found guilty under these laws could be liable to a term of imprisonment of up to five years, the statement added.

Read the full statement below:





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