The Member of Parliament for Manso Adubea Yaw Frimpong has asked commentators on security issues to stop scaring people with possible terrorists attack on Ghana.
The MP believes the country’s security system was well prepared enough to deal with any possible threat of terrorism hence the need for the public to have faith in them.
He said, ”although our security system is not perfect, I have confidence in the system. They have the capacity to deal with criminal activities. Whenever there is intelligence and good relationship with the security apparatus, they are able to deliver.’’
The UK government few days ago cautioned against possible threats of terrorism likely to hit Ghana.
An alert issued by the United Kingdom government said localised outbreaks of civil unrest can occur at short notice and can become violent.
It added that the attacks could be indiscriminate, including places visited by foreigners
“Terrorists are likely to try to carry out attacks in Ghana. Attacks could be indiscriminate, including in places visited by foreigners.Terrorist groups associated with al-Qaida in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM), Islamic State of Libya and Islamic State West Africa (ISWA) present a threat in the region. These groups have demonstrated capability and intent by mounting attacks against security forces and civilians in several countries, most recently in Burkina Faso and Mali.
“While there have been no recent attacks in Ghana, you should remain vigilant, particularly in northern border areas and in busy public locations (including beach resorts, hotels, cafes, restaurants and places of worship) across the country,” the alerted on the UK government website stated.
The caution came after the Canadian authorities following the kidnapping of two of its citizens issued a similar warning.
The Australian government has also warned its citizens to desist from using commercial vehicles, Uber and taxis.
It has also advised Australians travelling to or residing in Ghana to “exercise normal safety precautions, use common sense and look out for suspicious behaviour, as you would in Australia”.
An extract from the update reads: “Thieves target travellers, particularly women on their own, with mugging, bag snatching, petty theft and pickpocketing. These crimes are increasing in Accra and the surrounding areas. Periodic shortages of electricity and blackouts (including street and traffic lights) coincide with greater levels of crime in the evenings and at night.
“Violent crime, including kidnapping, targeting Westerners (particularly women) has increased in Ghana recently. Don’t use Ubers, taxis or other public transport. Be particularly alert at night.
“In April 2019, a foreigner was robbed at gunpoint while using public transport (Uber) in Accra and two foreigners were kidnapped in Kumasi in June 2019. Some taxi passengers have been robbed by drivers.
“You may encounter house invasions, armed robbery and other violent crimes.”
But the MP says Ghana will not experience terrorists attack as speculated.
”I have strong views that terrorism will will never happen in Ghana. But we we also need the collaboration with the public in this regard, he concluded.