As the end of the year approaches, Ghana Police Service, led by the admired Inspector General Dr George Akuffo Dampare, is warning religious groups that no false prophecy is allowed across the country this year.
Without surprise, Ghana Police Service has issued this Monday December 27 a press release warning or reminding religious groups to respect the laws as the 31 December is approaching.
” 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.”
Indeed, Over the years, communication of prophesies of harm, danger and death, by some religious leaders, have 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 Ghanalan law, it is a crime for a person to publilsh or reproduce a statement, rumour 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, rumour or report is true, ” the statement read.
” It is also a crime for a person, by means of electronic communications service, to knowingly send a communication that is false or misleading and likely to prejudice the efficiency of life saving service or to endanger the safety of any person.”
The institution indicates that person found guilty under these laws could be liable to a term of imprisonment of up to five years.
The Police Administration led by the IGP Dampare has indeed arrested several celebrities this year, including the musical artist Shatta Wale for causing panic to the public. The latter reasoned that he had given the false information that he had been shot, to protest a false prophecy according to which he would die that exact time.
Bellow is the full police press release: