An independent regional security research organization, West Africa Centre For Counter-Extremism (WACCE) has disclosed in a new report that Ghana is prone to on-soil terror attacks.
The centre said that although Ghana has managed to prevent terror attacks for some time now, we are still close to terrorism.
It was revealed in the report that over the last 7 years, more than 13 Ghanaians are believed to have left the country to fight with terrorist groups. That is since 2015.
The first recorded case of a Ghanaian leaving his home country to join a terrorist group was Nazir Alema Nortey, a university graduate who left to join ISIS in August 2015. The report revealed.
He left and later sent back a message to his parents that he wants to be a terrorist. It appears terrorism wasn’t his calling as he was killed in Syria in April 2016.
There are up to twenty-three others who also wanted to leave the country to follow their dream of being terrorists. Others were however discouraged from leaving to fight for Terrorist causes.
It would be an understatement to say that terrorism isn’t affecting Ghana also even though we rank high as one of the most peaceful countries in Ghana. It can be recalled back in 2013, a Ghanaian professor and poet were killed in the Nairobi Kenyan mall bomb attack.
WACCE’s report on terrorism in Ghana revealed that our proximity to terrorist infected countries like Burkina Faso, Togo and Ivory Coast puts us at great risk. Researchers at WACCE also cautioned that terrorism in Africa has increased in complexity and geographical spread. 53% of ECOWAS member countries are surrounded by terrorist threats.
Kindly read the full report below: