Stephen Yakubu, the Upper East Regional Minister has given the firm assurance that the Upper East Region is safe. He said residents could conduct their usual activities without fear of imminent attacks or subjugation by any terrorist groups.
It would be recalled that the Ministry of National Security stated that it had gathered intelligence that indicated the suspicious movement of a group of persons along a mountainous area that borders Bunkpurugu/Nankpanduri District in the North East Region and Garu District in the Upper East Region.
The National Security Coordinator, Amb. Maj-Gen Francis Adu-Amanfoh (rtd) in a leaked memo on Friday, June 3, says the group was reportedly sighted aboard motorbikes dressed in apparel that hid their faces and headed for the mountainous area in the Garu District.
Speaking on the Day Break Upper East Show about the issue today, Monday, June 6, 2022, the Regional Minister, Stephen Yakubu explained that the National Security Minister, Kan Dapaah, along with the Regional Security Council (REGSEC) and its allied security agencies had conducted thorough searches along the border towns, particularly, Garu.
These searches, he said proved that no such armed terrorist groups had moved into the country.
To this end, there was no need for residents in the region to be worried.
Mr. Yakubu however explained that there is a present and clear need for all the be vigilant and report all suspicious activities and persons to the necessary authorities.
“We got that information, but the security service have checked and they have not found anyone who we will think is a threat to the country.”
“It is good that people are seeing something and saying something. That is what we need people to do. For now, I will say that all our borders are okay. In fact, on Thursday, the Minister for National Security was here and I was with them. We went around the border areas to check a few things,” he said.
The Regional Minister insisted that the needed investment would be made to ensure that the country continued to be safe. Mr. Yakubu insisted that “there is nothing to worry about, but we need vigilance. We need to be really vigilant. If we see anyone moving on a motorbike with something behind that you are not sure of, please let us know.”
“If you see people you do not trust, gatherings in an area that you are not sure of, please let us know. Let us keep checking. For now, Everything is okay, people should go about doing their normal activities.”
Source: A1radioonline.com|101.1MHz|Mark Kwasi Ahumah Smith|Ghana