Sheikh Aremeyaw Shaibu, the National Chief Imam’s Spokesperson, has asked the various Mosque Management Committees to install Closed-Circuit Television (CCTV) at various mosques as a method of assuring safety, on the suggestion of the Chief Imam.
Sheikh Aremeyaw Shaibu, speaking on Top Story on Monday, also urged the Committees’ leadership to “employ the services of private security organizations to watch the behavior of strangers that come about.”
He also proposed that the Committee hire security experts or consultants to keep them informed about terrorist strategies. This is because “working on security is not merely monolithic,” he noted. We need multiple techniques since there isn’t just one way of doing things.”
Following heightened terrorist attacks in the sub-region, Ghana’s National Security Minister, Albert Kan-Dapaah, has urged Ghanaians to be watchful.
Terrorist operations, he claims, have been more common in recent years, necessitating the necessity for all residents to pay greater attention to their “personal and community security.”
During a press conference in Accra on Monday, the Deputy National Security Coordinator, Edward Kweku Asomani, said the African continent has seen 346 terrorist assaults in the first quarter of this year.
According to him, 49 percent of the recorded incidents took place in the West African Sub-region.
According to Mr. Asomani, the numbers show that the sub-region has become a hub for terrorism, making it imperative to raise security awareness among citizens.
The permeable condition of Ghana’s borders, according to Sheikh Aremeyaw Shaibu, is a strong indication that the country must take the appropriate actions.
“Based on information, we know how terrorists travelled from Nigeria to Niger, Mali, and Mauritania. They’ve arrived in Burkina Faso, and the most recent report we have is from Togo,” he said.
“We want to survive and be protected,” he continued. You know how peace and security go together… We must work hard as a nation to keep our country secure from terrorist operations.”
Mr. Shaibu stated that because Islam teaches Muslims to be hospitable and nice, he urged Muslims to remain vigilant so that they are not subjected to terrorist assaults while following the teachings.
He also recommended “Muslim community members and mosque members to be particularly cautious in spotting persons who visit the mosque with odd conduct.” For instance, bringing goods in bags.
“Secondly, those who visit our mosque and sleep for lengthy periods of time while we are unaware of their history.”
He added that the National Chief Imam is particularly worried about teachings that can encourage young people to join terrorism.