Ibard Ibrahim, a political and security analyst, has asked the President, John Dramani Mahama to declare a state of emergency over the recent seizure of a large cache of arms in the Ashanti and Volta Regions of the country.
He noted that Ghana needed the help of her West African neighbours as well as the international community to partner her to protect her entry points in a more sophisticated manner.
“It wouldn’t be farfetched to declare a state of emergency. If the President declares a state of emergency, our security agencies will have extraordinary powers. Interpol will share much more information with us. The international community will realize that there is a red alert in the country. And so, when they have any piece of information about the potential movement of terrorists or arms, they will not keep that information to themselves.
Ibard who is also the Peace Ambassador for the 2016 elections said, once that declaration is made, the country will have much more economic ramification because she might get much more assistance from the international community, “to enable you to protect your borders well,” he observed.
He was sharing his view as a panelist on GH Today on Wednesday on the recent proliferation of arms in Ghana. There have been a number of arrests of a large cache of arms and ammunition in less than a month in different locations across the country.
On Monday, a vehicle with over one million packs of short cartridges or bullets were impounded by customs officials at the Aflao border in the Volta region.
Investigations revealed that, the same vehicle made six entries into Ghana per the records, and officialdom feared the same items might have been carted into the country from either Nigeria or Togo.
Earlier on, over some few weeks, the Manhyia Divisional Police Command in the Ashanti region upon a tip off retrieved some AK47s and machine guns with ammunitions from a house at Alabar, a suburb of Kumasi.
The individuals in charge of the weapons were arrested and currently helping in investigations.
The rapid rate of Ghana being inundated with illegal arm entry has heightened fears among the public that the weapons were being imported into the country by some powerful persons to destabilize the country should the 2016 election not go in their favour.
Ibard therefore advised that the country needed to cleanse the system of the weapons by declaring a state of emergency, whilst calling on the international community for assistance.