President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has appealed to Muslims in Ghana to be on red alert and report suspicious characters in their neighbourhood to the police to foil any likely terror attack.

Addressing the 2019 Eid ul-Fitr celebrations, on Wednesday, June 5, 2019, President Akufo-Addo stated that “I applaud the vigilance of Messrs Gregory Bangbeme and George Bonfodong, members of the Roman Catholic Church in Hamile, in the Upper West Region, who, together with the Church leaders, alerted the Police about the presence in the Church of an armed person, who turned out to be a national of our neighbouring country of Burkina Faso.”

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He continued that “While the security agencies work to keep all of us safe, I encourage you to report suspicious characters who come into your communities to take advantage of our well-acclaimed hospitality to unleash terror on our country to the Police. Let us also exercise restraint in the face of provocation, for lack of restraint would only feed into the destructive plan of these miscreants who seek to destroy in the name of religion.”

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His call comes in the wake of terror attacks in neighbouring Burkina Faso and a recent arrest of a Burkinabe with a loaded pistol at a Church in Hamile in the Upper West region.