The Inspector General of the Ghana Police Service, Dr. George Akuffo Dampare, has issued a warning to those who exploit the name of God and religion to cause havoc in the country.
He threatened “We will not allow some of these people to cause confusion in the country.”
Dr. Akuffo-Dampare divulged this when he appeared before the Public Accounts Committee of Parliament on Thursday, January 19, 2023.
In response to a public interest inquiry about whether the country has a ban on public prophesy, the IGP stated that all the police force wanted was a responsible way of expressing such prophesies in a way that would not cause fear among Ghanaians.
“The police must guarantee the sanctity of the nation”, the IGP noted.
Law on prophecies still in force – Police to faith-based groups
In a public notice on December 27, the Ghana Police Service warned the general public, especially members of the religious community to the law regarding the communication of prophecies and urged compliance with the law to ensure continuous security and law and order in the country.
“This day is being set aside to remind all of us, to practice our faith within the confines of the law to ensure a safe, secure environment, free of anxiety generated from predictions of impending harm, danger, or death.” a portion of the statement said.
The Police also commended religious groups for their cooperation over the period for being cautious and conscious of the law and adopting legally acceptable means of communicating prophecies to those affected.
“This has contributed greatly in creating an environment where people are able to freely profess their faith without unnecessary anxiety and fear of impending harm or death.”
“Ghana is indeed grateful to the religious leaders in particular and the religious community as a whole for their patriotic understanding of the situation.”
“As the year 2022 draws to a close, we wish to once again entreat the general public, especially faith-based groups to ensure continuous compliance with the law as it relates to the communication of prophecies.”