Ghana’s security agencies conduct terrorism simulation exercise with UK Armed Forces’ Minister

Four major governmental security agencies in Ghana have conducted a terrorism simulation exercise in the presence of the United Kingdom Armed Forces Minister, Mr. James Heappey.

They include the Ghana Police Service, Ghana Immigration Service, Ghana National Fire Service, and the National Ambulance Service.

The exercise forms part of the country’s efforts to prevent violence and extremism in the sub-region.

This also comes at a time where the peace and security of some ECOWAS countries are threatened by terrorist groups.

At the Police Headquarters in Accra, the inter-agency team used UK-sponsored mobile training equipment, blank armor, and simulation Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs) to demonstrate skills attained.

United Kingdom’s Minister for Armed Forces, Mr. James Heappey expressed enthusiasm about the bilateral relations that exist between the two countries.

“I could see how pieces of training arranged between the two countries on countering terrorism and extremism has equipped the personnel and would help security in general. No matter how the plan is, it depends on how the officers execute it on the ground,” he said.

TopStories gathered that the UK Armed Forces Minister was on a visit to Ghana.

He was accompanied by other dignitaries such as the UK High Commissioner to Ghana, Iain Walker as well as the Defense Advisor Alastair Mckechnie.

On his part, Director-General Services, COP George Alex Mensah, who represented the Inspector general of Police, expressed gratitude to the United Kingdom for the support in the security sector throughout the years.

Chief Superintendent, Mr. Adofiem Raymond Wejong supervised the simulation exercise.

He doubles as the Commanding Officer of the Counter-Terrorism Unit of the Ghana Police Service.

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