Amid rising insecurity challenges in the country, the National Security Adviser, retired Maj.-Gen. Babagana Monguno, has appealed to security agencies in Ghana to collaborate with their counterparts in Nigeria to tackle issues of cross-border movement of criminals and drug trafficking in the region.
Monguno stated this in Accra, Ghana, while delivering a lecture at the Ghana Armed Forces Command and Staff College titled, ‘The State of Security in West Africa: Curbing the Spread of Terrorism and Preventing Coup Contagion’.
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He noted that there was an urgent need for countering terrorism and violent extremism, transnational organised crime, climate change, cyber threats, porous borders, piracy and sea robbery in the Gulf of Guinea.
According to a statement by the Head Strategic Communication, Office of the National Security Adviser (ONSA), Zakari Usman, Monguno stressed that Nigeria was not relenting in addressing the challenges of maritime security in the Gulf.
While discussing the issue of coup d’états within the sub-region and reiterating the need for vigilance and cooperation, the NSA also told the Ghanaian officials about the successes recorded by the FALCON EYE facility initiated by Nigeria in curbing security threats in the maritime domain.
“He also underscored the need to deter the expansion of terrorist groups in East Burkina Faso and Southern Mali.
He suggested that these two axes be discussed in the next Accra Initiative Summit and ECOWAS Forum of NSAs,” the statement added.