National Security: Attack on security personnel at a police station in Garu highly unacceptable 

MNS and GAF, on 28 October, conducted a joint operation in Garu to seize weapons used in the attack on the National Security personnel

The National Security Ministry (MNS) has in a statement, condemned a recent attack on its counter-terrorism personnel in Garu, in the Upper East Region. The National Security officers were allegedly attacked by some gun-wielding men who are believed to be Kusasis.

The attackers are said to have carried out the attack because they suspected that the counter-terrorism officers were in their locality to do the bidding of Mamprusis, the local rivals of the Kusasis.

In a statement issued on Sunday 29 October 2023, the National Security Ministry noted that “on Tuesday, 24 October 2023 an irate youth group armed with AK 47 rifles, machetes, and other weapons besieged a team of five counter-terrorism intelligence officers deployed by the Ministry of National Security to Garu, in the Upper East Region, on a critical, special operation”.

“Despite initial attempts to introduce themselves as National Security personnel, the irate youth group proceeded to attack the officers by firing multiple gunshots at a black Toyota Land Cruiser in which the officers were seated Following an escalation of the attacks on their vehicle, the officers drove to seek refuge
at the Garu Police Station.

“The irate youth, subsequently, pursued the officers, encircled the police station and fired multiple hots at same with the intention of killing the officers. The timely intervention of the Ghana Armed Forces (GAF) enabled the safe evacuation of the National Security personnel from the Garu Police Station” the statement of the National Security Ministry read.

“Further to the aforesaid development, the Ministry of National Security and the Ghana Armed Forces, on Saturday, October 28, 2023, conducted a joint operation in Garu to seize weapons used by the perpetrators of the attack on the National Security personnel. A number of the perpetrators have also been arrested” the release further read.

The Ministry of National Security indicated in their statement that it “deems the attack on the security personnel at a police station highly unacceptable, and strongly condemns acts aimed at intimidating and harming officials of State Security and Intelligence Agencies, and impeding them from effectively executing their mandate to safeguard the peace and stability of Ghana”.

“Whereas the Ministry of National Security works to promote active citizen participation in safeguarding the peace and stability of our dear nation, deliberate acts that seek to jeopardise the lives of personnel of state security and Intelligence Agencies will not be countenanced.

“The Ministry owes it a duty to protect personnel of State Security and Intelligence Agencies who have sworn an oath to, at all times, defend the people and the territorial integrity of Ghana against all forms of threats” the National Security added in their press release.

Reporting by Wilberforce Asare in Accra

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