General News of Friday, 4 August 2017
The government of Ghana has called on its citizens to remain calm in the face of the terror alerts issued by the UK and Canada to their citizens residing in the West African country.
Both Western nations have warned of imminent terror attacks on Ghana, and therefore the need for their citizens to be cautious with their movements in the nation.
“There is a threat of terrorism. Terrorist targets could include shopping malls, government buildings, public areas such as bars, restaurants, hotels and sites frequented by Westerners. Be aware of your surroundings in public places,” the alert issued by the Canadian High Commission stated.
They are also warning their nationals of an increase in pick pocketing and extortion from police officers at checkpoints.
However, a statement signed by the Information minister Mustapha Hamid said the alerts are normal travel guide given by foreign governments to their nationals overseas.
“The Ministry hereby informs the Ghanaian public that the alerts are only standard cautions and do not represent any specific known terrorism threats to the Nation”.
Below are details of the statement from the Information Ministry
The National Security Ministry has taken notice of news reports of some travel alerts issued by western nations as a caution to potential travelers to Ghana.
The Ministry hereby informs the Ghanaian public that the alerts are only standard cautions and do not represent any specific known terrorism threats to the Nation.
Through collaborative and intelligence sharing arrangements with International allies, the nation’s security agencies will be aware if there is a known threat in the offing.
The public is hereby assured that the Nation faces no known terror threats at the moment and remains safe.