Member of Parliament for Prampram Sam George has questioned the legality behind the caution from the Ghana Police Service to religious bodies ahead of the 31st December night services and prophecies.
He contends that no part of the criminal code bars Pastors and Prophets from speaking the mind of God.
Sam George wants to know what the charges will be against Prophets who tell the world what the Lord has told them.
In a tweet, the Member of Parliament who has been a critic of the new Inspector General of Police and his style of policing said “So what exactly will the IGP be charging Pastors and Priphets with if they prophecy tonight? Which part of our Criminal Codes bars prophecy? I would like to be educated. Thanks”.
The Ghana Police Service has issued a warning to Ghanaians especially religious leaders against false prophecies ahead of December 31st night service.
In a statement released on Monday, December 27, 2021, the police cautioned that under Ghanaian law, it is a crime for a person to publish 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 police stressed that 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 Police says any person found guilty under these laws could be liable to a term of imprisonment of up to five years.
“We, therefore, wish to caution all Ghanaians, especially religious groups and leaders to be measured in their utterances, especially how they communicate prophecies, which may injure the right of others and the public interest,” part of the Police statement has said.
It adds, “The Ghana Police Service wishes to place on record that the Police are not against prophecies; we acknowledge that we Ghanaians are a religious people who know and believe in, the centrality of God in our lives.”