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107 foreigners nabbed in security ops to fend off terrorist attack

One hundred and seven (107) foreign nationals, suspected to be involved in illegal and criminal activities alongside 279 Ghanaians have been arrested in an on-going joint security operation to prevent any terrorists from striking at the country.

The foreign nationals are from Burkina-Faso, Mali, Togo, Niger and Nigeria.

The security operation is being carried in the Upper West, Upper East, Northern, North-East, and the Savannah Regions. It comes amid heightened security alert over jihadists activities – abductions and barbaric killings of women, children and men in some of the neighboring countries – Mali, Niger, Burkina-Faso, Cameroun and Nigeria.

The joint security operation has been dubbed “Operation Koudolgou”. It involves officers drawn from the National Security, the Military, the Ghana Police Service, National Investigations Bureau (NIB), Research Department of the Foreign Affairs and Regional Integration Ministry, the Ghana Immigration Service (GIS), the Ghana National Fire Service (GNFS), the Customs Division, Ghana Revenue Authority (GRA), Ghana National Ambulance Service, the Forestry Commission, and the Narcotic Control Board. Brigadier-General Emmanuel Okyere (rtd), the National Security Advisor, said they were not leaving anything to chance – would not take any gamble with the security and stability of the nation.

The security agencies were on the high alert and ready to neutralize any terrorist threats.

The goal of the joint security operation is to fend off terrorist attack and fight organized crime within Ghana’s borders.

Brig-Gen Okyere said they would not wait for any terrorist to strike at the nation and “so, all we are doing year-in-year-out is to prevent any terrorist attack on our land and this is a shared responsibility”.

He told journalists in the Upper West Regional Capital, Wa, that the security operation was not targeting any group of people. It is purely intelligence-led and targeted at the criminal networks.

The national security advisor said they were getting good cooperation from their security counterparts in the neighboring countries, resulting in some cross-border arrests.

He noted that there had been significant reduction in the crime rate in areas where the joint military operation was taking place.

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