Deployment of military is to halt terrorist attacks - Akufo-Addo
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President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has disclosed that recent deployment of military personnel along the country’s borders is intended to halt terrorist attacks.
According to him, since coming into office, the Armed Forces have been very proactive in engaging in operations to secure the country’s borders against potential terror attacks.
Such operations, he said, have been going on since February 2019 to achieve this objective.
The President disclosed these during his address to the nation on Monday 29th June 2020 on the voters’ registration exercise, which starts tomorrow.
Speaking on the deployment of soldiers along the country’s borders, which has raised concerns among some members of the public, President Akufo-Addo stated that Burkina Faso and Cote d’Ivoire, Ghana’s neighbours to the north and west respectively, have in recent times been at the receiving end of a number of terrorist attacks.
The deployment, he said, is to shore up security against such attacks and to defend Ghana’s territorial integrity.
He said, “Deployment of soldiers in areas along our borders had been a regular exercise and residents living in border towns will bear testimony to this.”
He disclosed that a total of 207 soldiers have been deployed along the borders in the Upper East Region, 110 in Northern Region, 102 in the North-East Region, 98 in the Volta Region, 72 in the Oti Region, 69 in the Upper West Region, 64 in Bono Region, 21 in Savannah Region and 14 in the Western Region.
“Let me state without any form of equivocation that these deployment are not in any way intended to prevent Ghanaians from registering to vote in December.”
“They are there for an expressed purpose, which is to guard our borders and that is the limit of their remit and they will not be permitted to stay beyond that remit,” he added.
The President acknowledged the sensitivity of the deployment at this time of the country’s history but expressed confidence that sensitivity will be fully respected.