Ghana on security alert!

Mr Mark Woyongo,Mimister of Interior (5)The government has tightened security in the country, particularly at its borders, following terror attacks on its neighbour, Burkina Faso.

The Minister of the Interior, Mark Woyongo, said the country’s security agencies had also beefed up security at shopping malls, mosques, churches and other public places throughout the country.

Tight security measures have also been taken at Ghana’s borders, especially those in the Northern part of the country.

At least 28 people were killed when al-Qaeda’s affiliates in West Africa launched a bloody assault on a hotel and a café in Ouagadougou, the capital of Burkina Faso, last Friday.

Speaking on the attacks in an interview, Mr. Woyongo, said the incident “came as a shock,” adding, “it means we are all vulnerable”.

Asked what measures Ghana was taking following the attacks, he said the police had been deployed to certain places, particularly malls, hotels and public places to safeguard citizens.

According to him, the police had intensified intelligence units and “We are also going to strengthen security in the northern part and our borders”.

The Ghana Armed Forces, for its part, urged Ghanaians to be vigilant and be on the watch for strange people in their communities.

He said though the Armed Forces were prepared to confront any terrorist group that intended to attack the country, they would need the co-operation of the citizenry.

The Head of Immigration at the Ghana-Burkina border at Paga in the Upper East Region, Assistant Commissioner of Immigration, Francis Takyi, said security on unapproved routes leading to Ghana from Burkina Faso, had been beefed up to avoid any illegal entry.

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