President Akufo-Addo has observed Ghana is not immune from terrorist attacks.
In his view, despite the peace and tranquility the country enjoys, it is still exposed to threats of terrorism which must not be overlooked.
Speaking at a forum held at the Kofi Annan Peace and Security in Accra Wednesday, the President said despite the challenges, the country is conscious about maintaining its enviable accolade as the beacon of peace on the continent.
“Despite it being a beacon of peace, stability and democracy in a region that is plagued by the activities of terrorist and extremist groups, Ghana must know she cannot be immune to terrorist attacks.”
“She is determined however to deepen the religious tolerance and peaceful coexistence that exists between majority Christian and the minority Muslim religious groups in the country. They are hallmarks of our nation which we cherish.
“Our major encounter with the terrorist group came in 2015 when agents of the so-called Islamic State, succeeded in recruiting a few adherents from the country’s university campuses to join the ranks and the groups fighting in Libya and Syria. They are known to have died in conduct. Two Germans of Ghanaian parentage are also known to have joined the group with one currently serving a jail term in Hamburg, Germany,” the President said.
In June, eleven Pakistani nationals were arrested in Techiman over terrorism suspicions by the Ghana Immigration service.
They were arrested on Sunday, June 9, 2019 at their hideout at Kenten-Anyinabrem, a surburb of Techiman, about 370km from the national capital, Accra.
Local media reported that the individuals, all males, were arrested upon a tip-off. Municipal Commander of the Ghana Immigration Service in Techiman, Chief Superintendent Annor Abrokwa said a search had been launched for their Ghanaian counterparts to assist in their investigations.