-The National Security Council has implemented measures to counter terrorist attacks in Ghana
-The move follows recent attacks in Ivory Coast which claimed the lives of more that 16 civilians
The National Security Council says Ghana remains highly at risk of a terror attack following recent invasions within countries in the West Africa sub-region by terrorist groups.
According to a security review meeting by security chiefs chaired by President Mahama on Tuesday, Ghana's status in the eyes of a possible terrorist attacks was positive.
“The National Security Council on the basis of briefings by the intelligence agencies and partners, has determined that there is a credible terrorists threat to all countries in the sub-region,” a statement issued by the Communications Ministry added.
The National Security Council has thus urged Ghanaians and other nationals resident in Ghana to bear with security measures that may be enforced at various locations from time to time for the purpose of public safety stating “the Council will review the situation on a continuous basis.
Recent attacks in Ivory Coast by Al Queeda insurgents has raised much security concerns across West Africa with Ghana not being an exception. The attacks, which has been described by President Mahama as despicable is feared to have claimed the lives of 16 civilians including a security guard.
Below is the full statement
NATIONAL SECURITY COUNCIL STEPS UP COUNTER-TERRORISM MEASURES
The National Security Council met earlier today to review the security situation in the country in the wake of the upsurge of terrorist attacks in the sub-region. The meeting was chaired by His Excellency, John Dramani Mahama, President of the Republic of Ghana and Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces. It was attended by Service Chiefs and all other members of the Council.
The Council reviewed the recent attacks in Mali, Burkina Faso and Cote d’Ivoire and current intelligence on extremist activities in West Africa.
The National Security Council on the basis of briefings by the intelligence agencies and partners has determined that there is a credible terrorists threat to all countries in the sub-region. The Council reviewed its anti-terrorism preparedness, joint services operations and other measures to ensure the safety of the citizenry.
In view of the conventional wisdom that security is a shared responsibility, the Council has advised that the general public be vigilant, cautious and curious, and report any unusual circumstances to the law enforcement agencies.
The Council further urges all Ghanaians and other nationals resident in Ghana to bear with security measures that may be enforced at various locations from time to time for the purpose of public safety. The Council will review the situation on a continuous basis.