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National Security cautions churches over possible terrorist attacks

Albert Kan Dapaah Ibn Nat Security Albert Kan Dapaah

Sat, 14 May 2022 Source: www.ghanaweb.com

Ghana risks terrorism attack

Churches have been warned to install CCTV cameras

Some neighbouring West African countries have been attacked by terrorists


The National Security is warning churches against possible attacks following the activities of terrorist groups in neighbouring West African countries.

The National Security indicated that even though measures have been instituted to forestall these attacks, the churches must also be on alert.

They advised that the churches should install Closed-Circuit Televisions (CCTVs), as well as engage the services of accredited private security agencies.

“In view of the growing threats of terrorism from the subregion and the expansionist drive of terrorist groups towards Coastal West African states, with a renewed modus operandi of targeting public gatherings including places of worship, it is imperative that precautional measures are taken by all stakeholders,” a statement issued on Friday May 13 said.

The threat on Ghana has been menacingly and quickly spread, given attacks along the Northern borders of not only Burkina Faso but also of Ivory Coast, Benin and Togo recently. With all its direct neighbors under attacks, government has repeatedly stated its resolve to keep terrorists away from the territory.

“Even though the fatality numbers are presently down from the peak of over 7,200 in the region in 2014, the threat has increased in complexity and geographical spread. Today 53% of all ECOWAS now been encircled by the threat. These developments are dangerous for Ghana.

“Ghana’s proximity to these countries (Burkina Faso to the North, Benin and Togo to the East and Ivory Coast to the West) exposes the country to extremist recruitment or attacks or both,” it added.

It further stated that the “unending Bawku chieftaincy conflict, the ethnic tensions in Northern Ghana and the unresolved challenge of Western Togoland separatists in the Eastern border regions amplify the risks.”



Background

An earlier report from the West Africa Centre for Counter Extremism (WACCE) released recently said Ghana has managed so far to stay safe from terrorist attacks on home soil, yet the country has been so close to terrorism.

The report stated, more than 13 Ghanaians are believed to have travelled to fight with terrorist groups since 2015. Up to twenty three (23) others have been dissuaded from leaving to join extremist groups.

“Ghana’s first recorded case was Nazir Alema Nortey, a young university graduate, who shockingly left the country in August 2015 to join ISIS before sending a message back to his parents to announce his new found cause.

“He was killed in Syria by April 2016. Professor Kofi Awoonor, a renowned Ghanaian poet and academic, was killed in the West Gate Mall attack in Nairobi, Kenya when Al Shabab fighters besieged the mall in 2013,” the report said.

Source: www.ghanaweb.com