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Terrorists use religious ideologies to advance political principles – IISS

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The Ministry of National Security in a leaked memo over the weekend is asking for improved security at various public places of worship. The memo was signed by the National Security Coordinator, Amb. Maj-Gen Francis Adu-Amanfoh (Rtd).

“In view of the growing threat of terrorism from the sub-region, and the expansionist drive of terrorist groups towards the coastal West-Africa States, with a renewed modus operandi of targeting public gatherings, including places of worship, it is imperative that precautional measures are taken by all stakeholders,” the statement reads in part.

The Acting Director for the Institute of Intelligence and Strategic Security (IISS), Nana Dr Sadiq Adu-Twum speaking on the memo on A1 Radio Day Break Upper East Show noted that terrorists use religious ideologies to advance their political demands.

“The thing about terrorism is that the groups are using what they call the religious ideologies to advance their political demand. It is always right that they would always want to update and attack groupings, and you know largely when you take the Sahel Region, most of the terrorist groups there are Islam inclined.”

Dr Adu-Twum is not happy that such information which is supposed to be confidential documents is leaked into the public domain.

“The challenge I have is how some of this information when it is shared to relevant agencies or stakeholders it is leaked into the public.”

Speaking on how to secure Ghana’s borders, the IISS Acting Director note that gathering of intelligence among others will help secure the borders.

“Gathering of intelligence, movement of people in as much as the ECOWAS protocol gives that access for the movement of people between countries, inter-country relationship and trade; we need to put a serious intelligence gathering mechanism in place. We can largely prevent some of these things from happening but we cannot estimate when it will happen. But, all those things will depend on the intelligence we are going to have.”

According to him, the citizenry should also be sensitized to understand the basic security measures they have to undertake to prevent some of these things from happening.

Source: A1radioonline.com|101.1MHz|Osuman Kaapore Tahiru|Ghana

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