Major Derrick Yaw Oduro (rtd)
Major Derrick Yaw Oduro (rtd)

Canada has issued warnings to its nationals intending to travel to the West African country of possible terrorist attacks, local media reported here Thursday.

According to the Canadian High Commission in Ghana, there is a threat of terrorism and shopping malls, government buildings, public areas such as bars, restaurants, hotels and sites frequented by Westerners could be possible targets.

Canada, in particular, has warned its citizens travelling to Ghana to beware of an imminent terror attack.

The alert by the mission stated: “You should exercise a high degree of caution in Ghana and maintain a high level of security awareness at all times.

“Pick-pocketing, purse snatching and attacks by individuals on motorbikes are increasing in Accra and its surroundings, including areas around the High Commission of Canada. Violent crimes have also increased, including armed robbery,” said the alert message from the Canadian embassy.

It therefore cautioned their citizens in Ghana to “avoid walking alone or displaying signs of wealth.”

“Home invasions are on the rise. Affluent areas in Accra where foreigners live are targeted and some thieves carry firearms,” it said.

Minority spokesperson on Foreign Affairs Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa, while speaking to the media in parliament, urged the government to take immediate steps to ensure the safety of Ghanaians.

“I think that it is important for the Ghanaian government to respond to this, if there is a looming terrorist attack. If there is, how are citizens being alerted and what is being done to ensure that we are safe?” Ablakwa said.

However, Deputy Minister of Defense Derrick Oduro has denied any such fears of terrorist attacks on the West African country.

“Ghana is free from any terrorist attack because of the vigilance of the security. Ghana is free from being attacked by terrorist groups or insurgency because they (terrorists) themselves know we are a peaceful nation,” Oduro stated.

“Even though we have brought two Guantanamo Bay prisoners into the country, those terrorist groups like Al-Qaida, Al-Shabaab and ISIS know Ghana is a peaceful nation,” the deputy defense minister said.

“We do not indulge ourselves in any group or alliance with any country to deal with them,” he told local radio in Kumasi, Ultimate FM’s morning show.

“So they also do not see us as their enemy like America and those countries which are not in their good books,” he added. Enditem

Source: Xinhua/