Ghana Still Prone To Terrorist Attack – WACCE Report
The West Africa Centre For Counter-Extremism (WACCE) has stated in a recent report that inspite of the fact that Ghana has been able to manage past terrorist threats, Ghana has still been very close to terrorism.
According to the report, over 13 Ghanaian are believed to have travelled out to fight terrorist groups sin 2015.
“Up to twenty-three (23) others have been dissuaded from leaving to join extremist groups. Ghana’s first recorded case was the case of Nazir Alema Nortey, a young university graduate, who left the country in August 2015 to join Isis before sending a message back to his parents to announce his new found cause. He die in Syria in April, 2016.
“Professor Kofi Awoonor, a renowned Ghanaian poet and academic, was killed in the West Gate Mall attack in Nairobo, Kenya when Al Shabab fighters besieged the mall in 2013. The report further stated that “even though the fatality numbers are presently down from the of over 7,200 in the region in 2014, the threat has increased in complexity and geographical spread. Today, 53% of of ECOWAS have now been circled by the threat. These are dangerous developments for Ghana. Ghana’s proximity to these countries (Burkina Faso to the North, Benin and Togo to the East and Ivory Coast to West) exposes the country to extremist recruitment or attacks or both.”
Source: Ghana Web