The Ghana Police Service on Thursday, January 6, 2022, issued a press release updating the nation on its earlier directive about the issuance of prophecies that had the potential of causing fear and panic or infringing on the rights of others.
The first statement issued on December 27, 2021, cautioned Prophets especially ahead of the 2021 Watch Night and Cross Over services, that over the years had been used by Charismatic preachers to make ‘doom prophecies.’
The latest statement, signed by Supt. Alexander Kwaku Obeng, addressed a number of areas that this article breaks down.
1 – Commendation to religious groups, public
“The Police wish to commend all religious groups in particular and the public in general, for their support and understanding of our proactive policing initiative on the communication of prophecies and related matters prior to the 31st December celebrations,” the first paragraph of the statement read.
2 – Review of prophecy videos
A number of known annual prophesy makers whiles slamming the December 27, 2021 directive by the police warning against prophecies that could cause fear and panic, adopted rather mute prophecies as compared to point-blank pronouncements in years past during 2021 watch night services.
The Police have hinted that they are reviewing videos of some 2022 prophecies and will take legal action if need be.
“Following this initiative, multiple video footages have come to our attention regarding the communication of prophecies on the night of 31st December, 2021. Police have begun analysing these videos to ascertain whether any of them is in breach of the laws of the country and anybody found culpable will be put before a court,” part of the statement read.