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Terrorism: Ghana army must be proactive, says Saani

Ghana’s Minister of Defence, Dominic Nitiwul had earlier indicated that at least 840 terrorist attacks were recorded in West Africa in the first quarter of this year, resulting in 2,482 casualties

Security analyst, Adib Saani has expressed disappointment at the Ghana Armed Forces for their continued silence on the recent threats of terrorist attacks in Ghana.

Ghana’s Minister of Defence, Dominic Nitiwul had earlier indicated that at least 840 terrorist attacks were recorded in West Africa in the first quarter of this year, resulting in 2,482 casualties.

Talking to Karen Antwi on The 12 O’Clock Report on Friday (20 May), Saani urged the military to increase sensitisation on the threats of terrorist attacks in Ghana.

He said: “I’m surprised that the military has to date, not released pointers, guidelines on what to do. What they have released is more like an announcement that if you’re in public be cautious. But what should the person do to be cautious? What should the person look out for? In case of an emergency, what is the person supposed to do?

“I mean, we need the nitty-gritty but, if you give broad, generic statements, knowing well that a lot of Ghanaians are ignorant about security, they might not be able to know what to do.”

Listen to Adib Saani in the attached audio below: 

Threats of a terrorist attack in Ghana are real

Meanwhile, the national coordinator of the National Boundary Commission, Major General Emmanuel Kotia, has warned that threats of terrorist attacks from the Sahel are real and must not be underplayed.

Speaking to Beatrice Adu on The Big Bulletin on Wednesday (11 May 2022), Major General Kotia said, “The terrorist attack from the Sahel on the northern territories of Ghana is real and we all know of the effect of terrorist action in Burkina Faso.

“Now, we have also seen in a couple of years up to last year, where we have had attacks in the northern part of Côte d’Ivoire, Bénin, and yesterday was the second attack in Togo.

“So, it is real and we have to take all precautions that are available to prevent any terrorist attack and to also prevent any downward movement of the terrorists into the coastal states of the sub-region, especially Ghana, Benin, Togo and Côte d’Ivoire,” Kotia said.

Nicholas Brown

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