Go and release arrested soldier if you’re men – Minister dares group

Deputy Minister of Defence, Major (Retired) Derrick Oduro has dared a group calling itself the Dynamic Youth Movement of Ghana, (DYMOG) to go to Burma Camp and release the arrested soldier if they are brave enough to do so.

His comment follows after the group demanded the immediate release of Lance Corporal Wasaa after he called on Members of Parliament (MPs) to drop their decision in building a $200m chamber.

“Those calling for the release of the soldier in detention can go to Burma Camp if they are men”, the former military officer charged in an interview on Kumasi-based Otec FM monitored by

According to the New Patriotic Party (NPP) MP for Nkronza North, what the said soldier did is unthinkable and an affront to the military hierarchy despite freedom of speech being practiced in the country.

“What is in this Lance Corporal Head? Let us take him to psychiatric hospital for examination” the government official quizzed as he called for stiffer punishment for the junior officer.

“Even what he did, the Chief of Defence Staff and other senior officers in the Service cannot do. How can a common Lance Corporal go to that tangent”, the Deputy Defence Minister quizzed angrily.

The Military High Command on Friday July 5, 2019 arrested an officer who is captured in a video demonstrating his displeasure against government’s intention to construct a new 450-seater chamber for parliament.

He described calls for the construction of a new chamber with a 450-seater capacity as selfish on the part of Parliamentarians, appealing to President Akufo-Addo not to support the plan.

His comments also angered the Kumbungu lawmaker who described him as an embarrassment to the Ghana Armed Forces justifying his arrest and subsequent detention for violating the laws of the military.

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