According to a report by the United Nations Mission, some Ghanaian policemen on UN Peacekeeping mission in South Sudan have been alleged to be engaging in several s*xual bouts with Sudanese women living at the UN Protection of Civilians in Wau.
According to investigations conducted by the UN Mission on the allegations, these Ghanaian policemen lured these women into bed using gifts and other favours.
Below is the statement issued by the UN Mission:
“On 8 February, a complaint was received alleging that members of the Ghanaian Formed Police Unit (FPU) were engaging in sexual activity with women living at the UN Protection of Civilians site in Wau. An investigation was immediately launched by the Office of Internal Oversight Services (OIOS), an independent office within the United Nations.”
“The information received indicates that some members of the FPU allegedly engaged in transactional sex. This is a clear breach of the UN and UNMISS Code of Conduct which prohibits sexual relationships with vulnerable individuals, including all beneficiaries of assistance”.
“On the whole, Ghanaian peacekeepers and police serving with UNMISS have made an excellent contribution to the protection of civilians and building of durable peace in South Sudan. It is very disappointing that the behaviour of some police officers risks staining that record of service as well as the Mission’s reputation.”
However, the Ghana Police Service is yet to issue a statement on the allegations.