The Ghana Police Service has reminded all religious leaders, especially pastors, that public pronouncement of doom prophecies is still a crime.
This comes when Police issued a statement to warn all Prophets in the country with illegal communication of prophecies as the year about to end especially on 31st night church services.
According to the statement issued on its Facebook page on Tuesday December 27, anyone who engages in it during end-of-year church services will be arrested and prosecuted in accordance with the law.
“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.
“Let us continue to remember that whereas we have the right to practise our faith in religion, freedom of worship and speech, this right must not be exercised in violation of the rights of others and the public interest.
“As part of sustaining the gains made so far, the Police Service has adopted 27th December of each year as the Prophecy Communication Compliance Day. 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.
“We wish to take this opportunity to wish everyone a Merry Christmas and a Prosperous New Year,” the statement read in part.
The statement went further to commend religious organisations and leaders for abiding by the law during the year that the Police Service intensified its enforcement.
It added that, in the near future, the service will use December 27 as a reminder of the law’s prohibition on illegal communications.
Last year, the police warned that any pastor who publicly engaged in doom prophecy would be arrested and prosecuted, as the worrying trend that had been the order of the day for years was gradually becoming an annual status quo, with some pastors even accusing others of plagiarising their prophecies.
The police stance has since brought considerable sanity, as pastors who were guilty of the practise did not want to incur the wrath of the Ghana Police Service’s no-nonsense Inspector-General, Dr George Akuffo Dampare.