The General Officer Commanding (GOC), Southern Command of the Ghana Armed Forces (GAF), Brigadier General Abraham Yeboah Nsiah, has disclosed that military operations will continue unabated on Ghana’s borders, due to the occurrence of terrorist activities in the West African Sub Region.
He explained that the continuous stay of the military would deter terrorists from sneaking into the country to foment trouble, especially as the country gears towards its 8th general elections in the fourth republic.
Brigadier General Nsiah said this when speaking to the media after an inspection tour and interaction with military officers deployed to the Ghana-Togo borders in the Ketu South Municipality of the Volta Region.
He stated that tensions that rose with their arrival in the region prior to the Voters’ Registration exercise have calmed down after community members became fully aware that their sole mission is to protect the border and not to harass them as has been alleged.
“Because our presence here has been long people are used to us. When we first came they thought we had come with a certain agenda to intimidate them, to harass them. They’ve seen that that is not true, we’re not harassing them, and we are not intimidating them. They’ve seen that we’re very friendly,” he said.
The Brigadier further debunked claims that military troops were withdrawing from the border communities following the completion of the Voters’ Registration Exercise.
According to him, those are mere political rhetorics as no military troops are withdrawing.
“To hear from somebody that soldiers have withdrawn since the registration exercise completed is completely false. It’s probably propaganda to satisfy some political experience but we are not going to be distracted by that sort of negative propaganda. We remain focused; we remain committed to the security of this country” he stated.
He added that they will be stationed at the borders until the rising terrorist attacks in the sub region cease to become a threat to the people of Ghana.
“That’s why we feel the national security need. For now, we feel the need because there’s accelerated terrorist attacks within the sub-region and we are not going to sleep. We have to secure the border to ensure that no terrorist slips through any of the unapproved routes.
“We are not going to withdraw completely. We are going to be here for as long as the security need calls for it,” the Brigadier said.