The Africa Center for Security and Counter Terrorism has called on the governments of Ghana, Burkina Faso and Togo to frequently share security intelligence. This is to enable them to be proactive in dealing with terror attacks along its borders. The Executive Director for the Center, Emmauel Kotin told GBC’s Nathniel Nartey in an interview that this has become necessary due to the increasing number of terror attacks in Burkina Faso and cross-border crime as well as gun-violence in mining communities in the Upper East Region. He said this has heightened security uncertainty in parts of Ghana’s North Eastern communities.
“We’re in a globalized world now and whatever happens in a very remote community has a global effect.We must look at how collectively Ghana, Burkina Faso and Togo can share (security) intelligence so that we can be ahead of this terrorist groups.More often than not we should try to be proactive rather than reactive to the attacks”
Touching on the security situation in North Africa where Algerian President Abdelaziz Bouteflika and his counterpart in Sudan Omar Al Bashir were both ousted through mass protests, Mr Kotin asked the AU to step in. This is to ensure that the military in Sudan hand over power to a civilian government and a the organization of a peaceful election in Algeria as planned.
“Fortunately Sudan and Algeria are members of the African Union and an attack on one country is an attack on the rest of the member stakes.That is why we are urging the AU to as a matter of urgency act in ways that will take power off the hands of the military into civilian hands.I think when this is done it will give some form of assurance to the people that the military is not just trying to hold on to power and perpetuate a continuation of the status quo
Story by Nathaniel Nartey.