The minority caucus in parliament has revealed that, most Ghanaians who found their way to Libya are gradually being recruited into the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS).
According to the minority, the recruitment of Ghanaians has placed the West African political stable country of Ghana second in rank in terms of number of its national recruited into ISIS.
Hon. Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa, a ranking member on the Foreign Affairs Sub-Committee of Parliament, revealed this at a press conference in Accra yesterday.
He said information picked by the minority from Libya suggested that Ghana is the second highest country that contributes fighters to ISIS in Libya.
“Rather worrying for Ghana, we are considered to be among the second highest category of 50 – 100. This has been explained by the Attorney-General’s Office in Libya to mean between 50 to 100 Ghanaian migrants in Libya have been identified as active frontline fighters of ISIS in Libya,” Mr. Ablakwa said.
Ghana, he said, is listed in the second category, along with seven other countries, including Senegal, Gambia, Chad, Niger, Eritrea, Mali and Somalia.
However, Tunisia, Egypt, Sudan and Libya were found to have 100 and above of the Islamic State fighters, making them the first category higher than where Ghana finds itself.
Mr. Ablakwa, who is the Member of Parliament for North Tongu, explained that, though the minority have had formal discussion with the majority side in parliament over the disturbing information, it was accurate the information is made known to the Ghanaian public so that families who have their relatives could be of help with information to the security.
He expressed worry on the fact that, per the information released by the Libyan authorities, the 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.
The North Tongu MP added that the information was contained in highlights of a report presented at a press meeting in Tripoli on September 28, this year, and carried by several international media.
Mr. Ablakwa pointed out this development bpaints a bad image for Ghana and wants government to take action for the collective interest of the nation, saying, “Ghana’s reputation is at stake and we all have to fight to protect it.”
The minority, he noted, is therefore demanding from the Akufo-Addo-led government a quick reaction to the information provided by the Libyan Attorney General’s office “due to its grave ramifications to Ghana’s image.”
The minority also wants assurances from Ghana and international security partners that the development is critically being addressed within a Ghana-Libya anti-terrorism framework and global fight against terror.
In addition, the ranking member said, the minority demands from Ghana government to ascertain the nationality status involved, “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.”
Mr. Ablakwa, however, urged Ghanaians not to panic, as the information is still being investigated and appropriate action will be taken, adding that the minority remains responsible to serve the country.
ISIS has long had an underground presence in Tripoli and in towns up and down Libya’s Mediterranean coast.
It carried out a gun and bomb attack on a Tripoli hotel and other countries’ embassies, especially America and other European nation missions.
The Ghana Embassy in Tripoli, the Libyan capital, is currently not in operation since the killing of the Libya leader, Muammar Gaddafi.
Source: therepublicnewsonline.com/Felix Engsalige Nyaaba