Terrorism: Ignore alert, Ghana is safe – Govt

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“There is no actionable intelligence nor imminent threat” of terrorism to Ghana, a meeting of Ghana’s National Security hierarchy has assured.

The assurance comes after the United Kingdom’s High Commission warned its nationals travelling to Ghana to be mindful of a possible terror attack in the West African nation

In a travel advice posted on its website, the UK government also said localised civil unrest could happen in Ghana on short notice.

“Localised outbreaks of civil unrest can occur at short notice and can become violent (sometimes involving weapons). If you’re in these areas, you should remain vigilant, exercise caution and follow the advice of local authorities. If this does happen, local police may impose curfews to contain the situation.

“Terrorists are likely to try to carry out attacks in Ghana. Attacks could be indiscriminate, including in places visited by foreigners,” the government posted Gov.UK on Sunday, June 9.

Ghana, however, rejected the UK’s terror alert as untenable saying in a statement issued by Information Minister Kojo Oppong Nkrumah that: “Ghana’s safety and risk profiles remain largely unchanged despite recent events in the sub-region.”

The security apparatus of the nation, the statement said continues to be retooled and vigilant to tackle any major security threat within the jurisdiction, advising Ghanaians, foreign residents and visitors 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,” the statement added.

Meanwhile, a total of 11 Pakistani nationals have been arrested in Techiman, the capital of the Bono East region, officials of the Ghana Immigration Service have confirmed.

They were arrested on Sunday, June 9, 2019 at their hideout at Kenten-Anyinabrem, a surburb of Techiman, about 370km from the national capital, Accra.

The individuals, all males, were arrested upon a tipoff, a  local media reported. Municipal Commander of the Ghana Immigration Service in Techiman, Chief Superintendent Annor Abrokwa said a search has been launched for their Ghanaian counterparts to assist in their investigations.

Source: Daily Mail GH

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