In the wake of growing terrorist threats, the National Security Ministry is urging all Ghanaians to exercise extreme caution.
Recent incidents in neighboring countries have made Ghana a target of extremist organizations, according to a statement published by the sector minister, Albert Kan Dapaah, on Tuesday, May 17.
The statement read, “The Ministry of National Security will like to draw the attention of the general public to the growing threat of terrorism in our sub-region and urge everyone to be vigilant and extra careful about their personal and community security.”
“Many of our neighbours have unfortunately suffered attacks from the terrorist groups as their activities have spread from the Sahelian region towards the coastal West Africa states.
“Our immediate neighbours, Burkina Faso, La Cote d’Ivoire and Togo have all experienced such attacks and we have to recognise that our country remains a target as the security services work to keep us all safe.”
The Ministry promises increased security at public events, but “nothing beats the vigilance each of us individuals, taking personal responsibility and looking out for each other.”
“This appeal is being made because there is good reason to believe that the terrorists operating within the region have Ghana as a target and there is need to increase security measures and engage the public to be more careful,” the statement continued.
“We want to reassure the public that the security agencies and all those charged with maintaining the security of the state are working hard to ensure the safety of our country and its people and we count on your continuing support in this endeavour,”
This follows the Ministry’s prior warning that houses of worship, such as churches and mosques, should be closely secured due to intelligence indicating these same terrorists are targeting them.