Let’s share intelligence to combat terrorism, other crimes; Minister urges

The Upper West Regional Minister, Alhaji Amidu Sulemana has asked his counterparts in West Africa to be committed to efforts aimed at dealing with terrorism in the sub-region.

His comment comes as he meets with other security personnel and their counterparts in Burkina Faso following attacks on that country and Cote d’Ivoire.

Last weekend, Al Queda terrorists killed about 16 people in a gun attack on a beach resort in southern Cote d’Ivoire.

The attackers fired on revellers in Grand Bassam, about 40km (25 miles) from the commercial capital Abidjan.

The resort is popular with both locals and foreigners and according to officials, four of the dead were Westerners, including a French and a German national.

Joy News correspondent, Rafiq Salam, reports that the minister said only collaborative efforts between countries in the region will help deal with the issue.

“Our regions share not only common borders but also common security issues which pose a danger to lives and properties in our respective regions. Crimes such as armed robbery and smuggling of goods are commonly committed along our border towns and villages.

Alhaji Sulemana said, “These crimes call for bulk concerted action and collaboration between our security agencies. Our security agencies need to share intelligent information to help keep us safe from all forms of security threats.”

He said since the prevention of crime has taken a global dimension due to the sophisticated nature it has assumed, both Burkina Faso and Ghana must strengthen the collaborative efforts of their security forces and share intelligence for the mutual benefit of all.

The regional minister who is also the head of the Upper West regional Security Council also condemned the terror attacks on Burkina Faso and Cote d’Ivoire.

“These attacks on our neighbours are regrettable and we stand we them in these trying times. This gathering is a clear demonstration of our individual and collective commitment to maintaining peace and security in our respective regions.”

Governor of the South West Province of Burkina Faso, Diarra Ambruise Amoduo expressed joy over the meeting between the two countries.

He said it will help put a stop to border crimes between the two countries.

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