We Suspect 100 Ghanaians Have Joined ISIS…. Ablakwa


Ranking Member on Parliament’s Foreign Affairs Committee, Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa has alleged that information gathered from Libya by the Minority suggests that Ghana is the second highest country that contributes fighters to ISIS in Libya.

According to him, the Attorney-General’s Office in Libya considers Ghana to be among the second highest category of 50 – 100 ISIS recruits.

He stated that the Attorney-General’s Office in Libya explained the above to mean between 50 and 100 Ghanaian migrants in Libya have been identified as active frontline fighters of ISIS in Libya.

Speaking at a press conference in Accra yesterday, Ablakwa said Ghana appears in this category with seven other countries; namely, Senegal, Gambia, Chad, Niger, Eritrea, Mali and Somalia.

He noted that only Tunisia, Egypt, Sudan and Libya were found to have more Islamic State fighters than the category Ghana finds itself.

According to Ablakwa, the information from Libya’s Attorney-General’s Office indicated that Ghanaian ISIS fighters were involved in abductions and other grave criminal activities.

“A special enquiry found out that kidnapping was done by Islamic State foreign fighters from Ghana, Turkey and Tunisia,” he said.

He stated that the information was contained in highlights of a report presented at a press meeting in Tripoli recently.

The Minority also want government to ascertain “to what extent the report is accurate, as it is possible other nationals can hold themselves out as Ghanaians and be using Ghanaian passports to commit crime globally”.

Ablakwa wants action to be taken by the government for the collective interest of the nation.

The Minority is, therefore, calling for a reaction to the information provided by the Libyan Attorney-General’s office “due to its grave ramifications to Ghana’s image”.

The Minority demand assurance from Ghana and the international security partners that the development is critically being addressed within a Ghana-Libya anti-terrorism framework and global fight against terror.

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