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Gov’t assures Ghana remains safe and security remains vigilant

The Government has allayed the fears of Ghanaians following recent threats of terrorism in the country.

The assurance comes after a national security meeting held on Monday that revealed that the likelihood of Ghana suffering a terrorist attack is infinitesimal.

A statement signed by Information Minister, Kojo Oppong Nkrumah indicated that “the meeting concluded that there is no actionable intelligence nor an imminent threat to Ghana. Ghana’s safety and risk profiles remain largely unchanged despite recent events in the sub-region.”

The statement further urged both local and foreign nationals to live their lives without doubts as efforts are being expedited to revamp the various security agencies to avert any intended terrorist attacks.

“The security apparatus of the nation continues to be retooled and vigilant to tackle any major security threat within the jurisdiction. Ghanaians, foreign residents and visitors are advised to continue to go about their normal ways of life without fear but also encouraged to be security conscious as always.”

The focus of terror threats in Ghana comes amid the increased threat of terror attacks on churches in the sub-region.

Australia becomes the latest country to update its foreign travel advice on Ghana in seven days, advising its nationals not to use Ubers, taxis or other public transport in the country.

Already, the  United Kingdom (UK) has updated its travel advice for British nationals travelling to Ghana warning of likely terrorist attacks.

The Government of Canada has cautioned its citizens of potential violent crimes in Ghana following the suspected kidnapping of two of its nationals in Kumasi.

Meanwhile, Interior Minister, Ambrose Dery has assured that Ghana is on high alert for terrorist attacks.

“It is increasingly clear that the greatest threat we have in this sub-region is terrorism although it has not even hit Ghana yet.  Terrorism is, therefore, top security concern of the President of the Republic of Ghana and indeed all of us,” he said.

Here is the full statement issued by government

“National Security Officials held a meeting on Monday, June 10, 2019, at the Jubilee House, Accra.

The meeting was to examine recent travel advisories about Ghana and intelligence reports on Ghana’s security situation.

The meeting concluded that there is no actionable intelligence nor an imminent threat to Ghana. Ghana’s safety and risk profiles remain largely unchanged despite recent events in the sub-region.

The security apparatus of the nation continues to be retooled and vigilant to tackle any major security threat within the jurisdiction. Ghanaians, foreign residents and visitors are advised to continue to go about their normal ways of life without fear but also encouraged to be security conscious as always. Potential visitors are equally advised that just like other western jurisdictions, the isolated incidents of crime should not and indeed does not undermine the general safety and hospitality for which Ghana is so well known.”

Source: CNR

 

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