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Security Threats National Security briefs Parliament over Libya ISIS report

The Minority in parliament has called on government to treat as urgent a Libyan report which cites some Ghanaians were reported to be members of the terrorist group.

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Mr. Albert Kan Dapaah, Minister for National Security play

Mr. Albert Kan Dapaah, Minister for National Security

The Minister of National Security, Albert Kan-Dapaah, has appeared before Parliament to brief the house on steps Ghana is taking to combat terrorism.

Mr Kan-Dapaah appeared before the house over reports from the Libyan Attorney-General’s (A-G’s) Office which suggested that some Ghanaians are fighting for Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS).

The meeting, according to reports was held and chaired in the office of the Speaker, Professor Mike Aaron Oquaye.

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The Minority in parliament has called on government to treat as urgent a Libyan report which cites some Ghanaians were reported to be members of the terrorist group.

play Mr. Albert Kan Dapaah, Minister for National Security

 

To this end, they are making a number of demands including "government must publicly react to this inquiry by the Libyan Attorney General’s Office due to its grave ramifications to Ghana’s image.

READ ALSO: 100 Ghanaians 'join Islamic State' militants - Minority

"Government must provide the needed assurances to Ghanaians and our international security partners that this matter is receiving very high-level attention within a Ghana Libya Counter Terrorism Framework and the global fight against terror."

The Minority has asked government to take "steps to ascertain to what extent the Ghanaian nationality claims in the report is accurate.

 

"Ghana’s national security apparatus must exchange intelligence with their Libyan counterparts on how these Ghanaians if indeed they are Ghanaians are being recruited and radicalized with the view to eliminating all such threats and conduits," they demanded.

Okudzeto Ablakwa play

Okudzeto Ablakwa

 

Mr Kan-Dapaah is reported to have said that the government had made contact with the Libyan authorities and the cooperation was so far impressive.

READ ALSO: Ablakwa to be hauled before privileges committee to substantiate ISIS claims

However, Deputy Chairman of Parliament’s Interior and Defense Committee, Collins Owusu Amankwah said Okudzeto Ablakwa may be summoned before Parliament’s Privileges Committee.

He said the MP's action constitutes a contempt of the House especially when the claims had not been thoroughly vetted.

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