19 January 2016

Ghana: Soldiers Deployed At Borders

Government has deployed dozens of security personnel throughout the capital and at major installations across the country to stem any possible terrorist attack.

The move follows a terrorist attack on a luxurious hotel in Burkina Faso last week Friday, shooting some people and taking others hostage in a siege that lasted for hours and ended with 29 dead. An al Qaeda-linked terrorist group claimed responsibility for the attack on the hotel, which is a popular meeting place for Western diplomats in the capital, Ouagadougou.

The Ghana Armed Forces (GAF) has also stated that the military are very much alert and ready for any probable extremist assault on the country, calling on Ghanaians to remain calm. The Minister of Interior, Mark Owen Woyongo, who disclosed this yesterday, assured Ghanaians that the government was on top of issues.

Hours after the disclosure of the directive by the Interior Minister yesterday, Military and Police officers moved to the Ghana-Burkina Faso border at Paga to support the officers of the Ghana Immigration Service (GIS) stationed, thus beefing up security to forestall any possible spillover of last Friday's terrorist attack on a Ouagadougou hotel.

The Chronicle's William Jalulah, reporting from Paga, said residents were living in fear after the Ouagadougou mayhem.

But, Francis Tachie, the Assistant Controller of the Immigration Service at the Ghana-Burkina Faso border town of Paga has called on the residents to be calm as military and police officers had been dispatched to augment the GIS presence at the border.

According to Mr. Tachie, per Jalulah's report, the move would ensure a beef up of security around the border, saying that this would take care of the many unapproved routes in and out of Ghana, to and from Burkina Faso. He, therefore, advised residents to be on high alert for any strange movement of people around the border to report same to any of the security agencies and not to shield them.

In a related development, Ghana's Speaker of Parliament, Doe Adjaho, expressed concern over the recent Ouagadougou hotel attacks noting that Ghana might be a bit exposed as the mastermind of such heinous attacks are within reach. "The terrorists are not very far from us; 27 people died at a Hotel in Burkina Faso.

It has happened in Mali, Nigeria and Burkina Faso. We need to pray for this country. If there is any time we have to draw closer to God, this is the time," he said. He was speaking during a thanksgiving church service of the First Sky Group and the handing over of church buildings to the Assemblies of God Secretariat in Ho.

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