Deployment of security agencies: Be sensitive to mood of border dwellers

Former President Jerry Rawlings has urged all military personnel deployed to patrol the country’s borders to be sensitive to the mood of the dwellers and perform their roles above reproach.

“While we, undoubtedly, are nervous about the deployment of the military and other security agencies across our border areas, ordinary civilians can better guarantee their safety when we keep our ears and eyes open for suspicious movement and activities across our vast borders,” he cautioned.

In a statement issued by the Office of Former President Jerry John Rawlings, it warned that there was a “real threat” of terrorist attacks on the nation and her neighbours saying
“In the same vein, I once again urge the military and other agencies deployed in the border regions to be sensitive to the mood of the people of the border areas who are already reeling under the pressures of COVID-19.

“Any unease and mistrust between the military and communities along the border areas will only create an opening for those engaging in terrorist activity to slip through, increasing the threats to our country, cooperation and sharing of intelligence is key to confronting the challenge, the military’s role is to defend the territorial integrity of the country and protect the people of Ghana,” the statement said.

It said early last month, several soldiers and gendarmes were killed in multi-terrorist attacks in Cote d’Ivoire and Burkina Faso has become a hub of terrorist activity over the past few years with hundreds killed in recurring attacks across the country.

“Travel advices and credible intelligence reports from several sources have warned of potential terrorist attacks in countries like Ghana and Togo stating “our country faces a real threat of terrorism with the heightened attacks in neighbouring countries, as Ghanaians, we can no longer procrastinate on the matter of terrorism and assume we are insulated from the reality.

 “The time has come for heightened vigilance by every Ghanaian, as we enter a vulnerable period leading up to the December presidential and parliamentary elections, inhabitants of, especially the border communities, need to remain extra vigilant and observant if we are to avoid any such terrorist attacks on our territory,” the statement said.

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