A Security analyst, Adib Saani, has cautioned that the rampant killings in the Upper West Regional capital, Wa, are creating opportunities for terrorists to exploit Ghana’s security lapses.
Speaking in an interview on Joy Prime yesterday, Mr Saani explained that the situation cannot be considered a terrorist attack.
According to him, terrorists proudly announce their tendencies in a nation. He said the current situation is creating ways for terrorists to stage attacks against the interests of Ghanaians, making it a worry to security experts.
“This is not a terrorist attack. However, it opens the gate for terrorists to exploit the insecurity situation and the security lapses to also, perhaps, stage attacks against our interests. That is why this issue was really a matter of worry for everyone, especially those of us within the security space,” he explained.
Mr Saani believes the increasing rate of murder figures is a result of the harsh socio-economic conditions in the country.
In addition, he indicated that the international crisis, including COVID-19, the Russia-Ukraine war, the high cost of living, among others, are contributing factors to the increasing rate of killings within some communities in the country.
He said the whole issue in Wa is multidimensional in nature, adding that apart from people wanting it for rituals, experts may also cite certain socio-economic deficits that are pushing people into uncertainty.
“We can talk about Covid and the repelling effects it has. We can talk about the war in Ukraine, the cost of living is rising by the day, and quite a number of Ghanaians, especially young people without jobs. They’re pushed to the brink and a state of uncertainty,” the security analyst posited.
Adib Saani also believes the obsession and nature in young people to get rich is causing the increase in murder cases, considering the killing of a 10-year-old boy by two teenagers in Kasoa in August 2021.
Meanwhile, the security analyst has applauded the Ghana Police Service for its timely intervention in deploying 305 security personnel to the Upper West Regional capital, Wa, to ensure that security was managed within the town.
Meanwhile, a man believed to be the main suspect in the killing at Wa in the Upper West Region has been apprehended by the Police.
The suspect, identified as Kankani Adongo, was arrested on Monday, September 19, 2022, at Bamahu, a suburb of Wa. This was after extensive collaboration between the police and community search parties.
“The suspect is in custody and will be arraigned before the court to face justice,” the police said in a statement.
Police have already assured that they will continue to maintain law and order in the Wa municipality and surrounding communities after a string of killings.
Police have special-purpose intelligence and investigation teams working with members of the community in which 10 private security men have been killed by unknown assailants within the last nine months, with the latest incident happening last Friday.