Mahama angry over terror alert leakage

Mahama angry over terror alert leakage

President John Mahama has expressed disappointment at the leaking of a security directive which indicated that terrorists were planning to attack Ghana.

The security directive, which had been sent from National Security Secretariat to the 10 regional security councils (REGSEC) and confirmed a planned terrorist attack on Ghana, found its way into the media on Wednesday.

The directive revealed that an alleged Malian mastermind of the Grand Bassam attacks in Cote d'Ivoire had briefed Ivorian interrogators of plans to carry out terrorist attacks in Ghana and Togo.

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Commenting on the leakage on Sunrise Radio in Koforidua on Thursday, President implied that it was naive for the National Security Secretariat to have included the intelligence it picked up from Cote d'Ivoire in the alert it sent out.

According to him, there is fear and panic in the country as a result of the leaked directive.

"We didn’t need to put the intel in there. You just need to send the directive asking for alertness and asking them to search more thoroughly on vehicles and all that,” he said.

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President Mahama, however, stressed that Ghana faced a credible terror threat that required the country to be alert at all times.

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