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General News Wed, 17 Jan 2018

Progression of arms to explosives in amateur hands dire for Ghana - Security expert

A retired captain of the Ghana Army has said the nation must be worried about the progression of arms to explosives in amateur hands.

Ebenezer Budu Koomson said it is disturbing that amateur hands are now graduating from locally manufactured pistol to pump action and side guns to some dangerous explosives.

The security expert told Evans Mensah on Newsnight Tuesday that it is time for the nation to take its border security issues more seriously because the current porous nature of the borders is dangerous.

Mr Koomson’s comment is in reaction to the police's arrest of three men with hand grenades in different areas in Accra, Monday.

The lead suspect was arrested in Odorkor after which he led the police team to pick up two of his accomplices.

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It is unclear the motives of the suspect even though unconfirmed reports have linked one of them to international terrorist group ISIS.

The Inspector General of Police David Asante Apeatu at a press conference in Accra Tuesday, called for calm as the police investigate the matter.

But Mr Koomson has criticized the manner in which the police handled such an intelligence-based operation and leaking images on social media.

He believes the police taking to social media to tell the public what they are yet to confirm was baffling.

Also commenting on the issue, North Tongu MP, Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa, condemned the viral nature of the operation on social media which created a lot of anxiety.

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The ranking member of Parliament’s Foreign Affairs Committee said the reported link of one of those arrested persons to ISIS brings to mind the September 28 report by the Libyan Attorney General.

The minority in parliament last year called on government to treat as urgent a Libyan report which cites some Ghanaians reported to be members of the terrorist group.

The minority called on the government to publicly react to the claim due to its grave ramifications on Ghana’s image.

Mr Ablakwa said it is a wake-up call for the country to go back to the report and ensure proactive measures are taken.

Source: Myjoyonline.com
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