Conflict and security analyst, Colonel (Retired) Festus B. Aboagye has advised churches to hire the services of private security agencies to protect them amidst threats of terrorist attacks in the country with churches as major targets.
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His advice follows warning by the Africa Centre for Security and Intelligence Studies (ACSIS) that Churches in Ghana have now become a potential target of a terrorist group called Salafi-Jihadist based in neighbouring Burkina Faso.
This also comes in the wake of the arrest of a Burkinabe last week at a Catholic Church in the Upper West region with a loaded gun.
His intention is yet to be known as the police is still on investigations into the incident.
Speaking on GBC’s ‘Behind the News’ programme monitored by MyNewsGh.com, the retired senior military officer said “given the size of the population and the infrastructure that we have, the police and army are not going to be able to protect every church and mosque, every school, hospital among others. That is why I suggest that our churches and commercial facilities would do well to contract private security to reinforce the security the security that they need”.