People crossing the Ghana-Cote d’Ivoire border should now expect to go through more rigorous checks. At a meeting between the Presidents of the two countries in Abidjan Tuesday, it was agreed that the neighbours would step up border checks to prevent terrorists and extremists from crossing over to inflict violence on their people.
President John Dramani Mahama, who was on a visit to Abidjan, said “We have to make sure that people with dubious intentions who are coming across our borders are identified and prevented from doing the evil they want to inflict on our people.
“It’s a pity that this is happening at this time because this is the time we are trying to integrate our economies and create opportunities for our people to move freely acrosss our borders.”
He stated that when terrorists struck, the way they did in Cote d’Ivoire, “then it means that we have to be more vigilant and scrutinise people who come across our borders”.
Mr Mahama was in the Ivorian capital to express his solidarity with President Alassane Ouattara and the people of Cote d’Ivoire following the recent terrorists attack in Grand Bassam.
He said a delegation from Ghana had earlier been sent to Abidjan to commiserate with the people of Cote d’Ivoire because he was in Scotland.
Speaking to journalists after meeting with Mr Ouattara, President Mahama said they discussed common security matters.
“We have been discussing how we share intelligence and how we can still maintain our integration to make our people move freely but at the same time make sure that we are able to identify people with dubious intentions who are coming across our borders and prevent them from doing the evil they want to inflict on our people,” he said.
The ECOWAS has passed several protocols on anti-terrorism and the two leaders discussed how they could activate them.