Togo Protest

Ghana’s security agencies are on high alert following protests in neighboring Togo, a senior government official said on Wednesday.

The protesters want the country to return to the use of the 1992 constitution which imposes limits on presidential terms.

Two protesters were killed and 13 others injured after security forces clashed with the demonstrators last Saturday.

There are fears that the protest could spill over to Ghana.

Archibald Letsa, Ghanaian minister overseeing the Volta Region, which shares borders with Togo, said the national security apparatus had been put on the alert to prevent spillover of the confusion in the French-speaking West African country.

“We are just keeping close eyes on our borders and making sure criminals don’t come in; that arms are not brought into our country, to make sure our borders are well patrolled and we are also getting ourselves ready in case we have an influx of refugees coming in,” Letsa told Class Fm, a local radio in Accra.

There have been calls for Ghanaian President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo to use diplomacy to resolve the political impasse before it spills over.

Opposition Member of Parliament Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa said it would be in the interest of Ghana to ensure peace in Togo as a spillover could have dire consequences.

An International Relations expert, Vladimir Antwi-Danso, also urged President Akufo-Addo to talk to both sides in the ongoing confusion to ensure peace. Enditem

Source: Xinhua/