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Give Negative Prophecies, Land in Prison – Ghana Police to Pastors

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The Ghana Police Service has warned religious leaders to desist from giving negative prophecies as the new year, 2022, approaches. It is a usual practice for pastors to claim that God told them certain things that would happen in any coming year. It is a yearly ritual in Ghana and Nigeria.

The big Pentecostals, Evangelicals and White Garment churches in Nigeria make it part of their end of the year liturgy. While some of the religious leaders in Nigeria are more direct, others make predictions as a sweeping generalisation. They couch their statements in subtle diplomatese. In most cases, they base their logic on premises arrived at after studying a trend over the past 12 months. There have been many hits and misses!

For Ghana Police, however, it was not a blanket ban. Seers are free to prophesy in so long as it is positive.

According to a statement issued by the police on 27 December 2021: “Over the years, communication of prophecies of harm, danger and death, by some religious leaders, have created tension and panic in the Ghanaian society. They put the lives of many people in fear and danger.”

The Ghana Police went further: “We want to caution 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. That is, where that person has no evidence to prove that the statement, rumour or report is true.”

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