The Government of Ghana has assured Ghanaians that the country was safe despite claims by both the United Kingdom and Canada that there is an imminent terrorist attack in Ghana.
A statement issued by Information Minister Kojo Oppong Nkrumah said “there is no actionable intelligence nor imminent threat to Ghana. Ghana’s safety and risk profiles remain largely unchanged despite recent events in as sub-region.
“The security apparatus of the nation continues to be retooled and vigilant to tackle any major security threat within the jurisdiction. Ghanaians, foreign residents and visitors are advised to continue to go about their normal ways of life without fear but also encouraged to be security conscious as always.
“Potential visitors are equally advised that just like other western jurisdictions, the isolated incidents of crime should not and indeed does not undermine the general safety and hospitality for which Ghana is so well known.”
The UK and Canadian governments have both issued cautions to the nationals in Ghana over possible terrorists’ attacks.
The UK government in a statement said: “Localised outbreaks of civil unrest can occur at short notice, and can become violent (sometimes involving weapons). If you’re in these areas, you should remain vigilant, exercise caution and follow the advice of local authorities. If this does happen, local police may impose curfews to contain the situation.
“Terrorists are likely to try to carry out attacks in Ghana. Attacks could be indiscriminate, including in places visited by foreigners,” the caution said.
The Australian government has also cautioned it nationals to desist from patronizing Uber, Taxis and commercial cars due to the increasing rate of kidnappings.
But the government of Ghana says there was no cause for alarm. The statement asked Ghanaians to ignore the alert adding that security officials in the country have reviewed the situation and there is no imminent threat.