General News Sat, 8 Jun 2019

We’re on high alert to deal with terror attacks – National Security

The National Security Ministry has said the country’s security apparatus is on high alert with the needed manpower and logistics needed to stifle any terrorist attack in the country.

According to the Ministry, frantic efforts are also being made to educate Ghanaians about the operations of the terrorist groups.

Two suspects have been arrested Hamile in the Upper West region in two cases of suspected attempted terrorist attack.

Speaking to Citi News after a security awareness engagement between the ministry and other religious organizations, the Director of the Counter Terrorism Unit of the National Security Ministry, COP George Asiamah Rtd called for calm.

“We sensitize them to be aware of the threats and teach them what they are supposed to do in case of an attack and what they can do to improve security. There are vulnerabilities in society. We need to prepare our security agencies to respond in case of an attack. They [Security agencies] are prepared and that is why every year we hold this exercise to test their capabilities.”

A few days ago, police personnel manning Ghana’s borders to Burkina Faso at Hamile in the Upper West Region arrested a Burkinabe with a loaded handgun at the Hamile Roman Catholic Church.

The suspect, a 55-year-old, was arrested at around 8 am, after members of the church raised alarm about his suspicious behaviour during a church service thereby heightening tensions amid the increased threat of terror attacks on churches in the sub-region.

Executive Secretary of the Department of Social Communications at the National Catholic Secretariat, Rev. Fr. Dieu Donne Kofi Davor allayed fears saying the church is liaising with the National Security to develop a plan.

Church Security

The terror fears have led to the police suggesting the banning of bags from churches.

Police in the Central Region called on the clergy to consider banning the use of bags in churches to reduce the risk of an attack.

Observers have also urged churches to improve security in churches and worship centres over possible terrorist attacks.

Security agencies in the country have met the leadership of the Christian community to discuss how to enhance security at the various churches in the wake of the concerns.

Source: citinewsroom.com
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