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Upper East Security Council Assures Security at Northern Border Towns

The Upper East Security Council has reassured residents of the Northern border towns about their safety amidst the ongoing turmoil and terrorist activities in the neighbouring Sahel region.

The Security Council said they are well-equipped and prepared to tackle any potential terrorism.

The Upper East Regional Security Council, led by the Regional Minister, Stephen Yakubu, revealed that preparations to combat incidents at border communities have been underway for some time.

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“It is sad news for the Upper East and the whole Northern sector especially those bordering Burkina. Upper East Region, we have been preparing or we are prepared for things like this for a very long time. Remember this thing did not happen today, it happened a couple of years ago. Since I have been there as a regional minister, we have always been making sure our borders are very safe in terms of people crossing into our territory,” he told Accra-based Joy FM.

The Regional Minister’s assurance comes after the recent tragic killing of 170 people including women and children in neighbouring Burkina Faso. This also affirms President Akufo-Addo’s concern over the turbulence in the Sahel.

Last week, during his State of the Nation Address, President Akufo-Addo expressed concern about the spread of terrorism from the Sahel to West Africa and the coastal states. He urged Ghanaians to remain vigilant in protecting our democracy. remain steadfast in protecting our democracy.

A new report last week ranked Burkina Faso, a country that shares a direct border with Ghana, number one on the Global Terrorism Index (GTI) with about 2,000 people being killed from terrorist attacks in 258 incidents in 2023.

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