- The United States has issued a travel alert on Ghana, warning its citizens that they are targets of kidnap for ransom in the northern part of the country.
- The advisory has been published on the website of the US embassy in Accra and was last updated on Thursday, March 10, 2022.
- The advisory also warns US citizens about possible "tribal disputes" in the Bono East, Bono, Savannah, Northern, North East, and Upper East Regions.
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The United States government has warned its citizens in Ghana that they are targets of kidnap for ransom in the northern part of the country.
Making the security alert through its embassy in Accra, the US government noted, however, that the intelligence it has on the possible kidnap for ransom of its citizens in northern Ghana has not been substantiated.
“The U.S. Embassy in Accra, Ghana, has received unsubstantiated information that U.S. citizens may be targeted for kidnapping for ransom in northern Ghana, to include the Upper East Region and the Upper West Region.
“U.S. citizens traveling in Ghana should exercise caution while visiting border areas, in particular the northern border, and be sure to stay abreast of any Security Alerts affecting those areas. Due to concerns over criminal activity in remote areas, travel of U.S. government personnel to the northern and northwestern border is currently limited,” portions of the alert published on the website of the US Embassy in Accra said.
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The ‘Level 2’ travel advisory on Ghana also stated that civil unrest due to tribal disputes can occur at any time in parts of the Bono East, Bono, Savannah, Northern, North East, and Upper East Regions.
“The likelihood for violence developing from a tribal dispute is greater in parts of these regions,” the alert cautioned.
The United States occasionally issues these country-specific travel alerts to serve as the first step for its citizens planning any trip to target countries or cautions its citizens already residing there.
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