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Ghana has become a hideout for extremists – Ambassador to Burkina Faso

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Ghana’s Ambassador to Burkina Faso, Boniface Gambila Adagbila, has stated that terrorists from Burkina Faso and other Sahel regions enter Ghana, access Ghanaian hospitals, and return to their originating locations.

During a discussion in the Upper East Region, he highlighted the alarming threats posed by terrorism spilling over from neighboring Burkina Faso and the broader Sahel region, especially impacting West African coastal nations.

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“The serious threat is between Burkina and Niger and Mali, and then to the east, and then to the west, that is where the terrorists movement occurs most. Believe it or not, they are able to come into Ghana and go back. Yes, they move in and go back, and they roam, they come to our hospitals and go back. But governments are working at that. It’s not something we need top dilate so much about.

“They also know… when they are attacked north, north-east, west, they think that they have a safe haven coming down south of Burkina and they come as far as to our frontiers, and we need to be careful.”

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While acknowledging ongoing governmental efforts to address this menace, he stressed the need for vigilance.

Additionally, Ambassador Adagbila noted that seven Ghanaians who disappeared after entering Burkina Faso last year remain unaccounted for.

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He advised travelers to strictly adhere to approved routes and official document processing procedures to mitigate risks, emphasizing the collaborative efforts between the two nations to locate the missing individuals.

Highlighting similar concerns, National Security Minister Albert Kan-Dapaah questioned the inability of security agencies in affected countries to neutralize the terrorist threat.

His remarks were made during an event organized by the Kofi Annan International Peacekeeping Training Centre (KAIPTC), in partnership with Japan and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), focused on bolstering capacities to implement the Accra Initiative in West Africa and the Sahel.

Japanese Ambassador to Ghana, Hisanobu Mochizuki, pledged substantial financial support totaling approximately USD 500 million over the next three years.

This contribution aims to foster peace, stability, and sustainable growth in the Sahel region and neighboring Gulf of Guinea coastal nations.

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