Ghana Risks Chances Of Being Attacked By Terrorists – Report
Ghana, according to the West African Centre for Counter-Extremism (WACCE), is vulnerable to terrorist strikes.
Even though Ghana has controlled terrorist threats for some time, “Yet Ghana has been so near to terrorism,” according to the Centre.
Since 2015, more than 13 Ghanaians are suspected to have traveled to fight with terrorist organisations, according to the report.
“Up to twenty-three (23), others have been dissuaded from leaving to join extremist groups Ghana’s first recorded case was Nazir Alema Nortey, a young university graduate, who shockingly left the country in august 2015 to join ISIS before sending a message back to his parents to announce his newfound cause. He was killed in Syria in April 2016. Professor Kofi Awoonor, a renowned Ghanaian poet and academic, was killed in the West Gate Mall attack in Nairobi, Kenya when Al Shabab fighters besieged the mall in 2013.,” the report said.
The Report further disclosed that “Even though the fatality numbers are presently down from the peak of over 7,200 in the region in 2014, the threat has increased in complexity and geographical spread. Today 53% of all ECOWAS have now been encircled by the threat. These developments are dangerous for Ghana.
“Ghana’s proximity to these countries (Burkina Faso to the North, Benin and Togo to the East and Ivory Coast to the West) exposes the country to extremist recruitment or attacks or both.”