Ghanaian peacekeepers accused of sexual misconduct repatriated
The Ghana Police Service has repatriated some 46 members from the Formed Police Unit who were alleged to have breached the UN’s sexual exploitation and abuse rules.
A statement from the Ghana Police Service said the 46 police officers were repatriated on “administrative grounds as per the United Nations (UN) rules and regulations and will resume full normal police operations” after the full investigative report from the UN is ready.
The Police Service on Wednesday said it had completed preliminary investigations into the development.
The investigation into the conduct of the officers began after reports emerged that they were having transactional sex with women living in one of the protection camps with gifts or favours given in exchange for the encounters.
The Minister of Interior, Ambrose Derry has said reports of the alleged sexual misconduct left him shocked.
"As the Minister for Interior the allegation hit me hard… It is still under investigation, and we will be the first to bring to book any Ghanaian we find who has breached the rules, and the UN allowing us to investigate the matter independently shows that they believe we are going to contribute constructively to it,” he added.
We’ll cooperate with UN probe – Police
The Police Administration had also promised to work fully with the UN in the investigations into allegations of sexual misconduct.
In a statement released by the Police after the news broke, the Police Administration conveyed “its fullest cooperation and support to investigate the alleged sexual exploitation and abuse case.”