About 13 Pakistanis were arrested by the police in the Central Region on Thursday over suspicions that they could be terrorists. According to reports, they were arrested at Assin Fosu in the Central Region. The Pakistani nationals who claim to be missionaries, have been in the country for about six months now.
The men have been seen in different areas of Assin Fosu preaching about Islam. However, some residents of the area whom became uncomfortable with their presence alerted the police. They were gripped on Thursday morning while moving from Assin Nyankomase to Assin Fosu in the Central Region.
Although it has not been ascertained if the men are in the country legally or not, Investigations are still ongoing on the case. But so far, the Ghana Immigration Service (GIS) whom were subsequently alerted on the case said there is no cause for alarm as nothing incriminating have been found out about the Pakistani nationals. More checks by the GIS said they are on a mission to preach Islam to communities across the country, and were invited by Islamic authorities.
The Pakistani nationals have since been transferred to the Cape Coast Regional headquarters of the Immigration Service for further investigations. These recent arrests come on the heels of the South African Nationals saga which seems to have been laid to rest. Three SA nationals were arrested for training young men in different security drills which was deemed suspicious. As earlier said, citizens began expressing their discomfort over the presence of the Pakistanis and are pushing for their removal from the country, as was done in the case of the SA nationals.
The nation has been on high alert over national security following series of terror attacks on neighbouring countries like Burkina Faso, Cote d’Ívoire, and West African Sub region as a whole. Ghana has been a peaceful nation and from all indications is doing all it takes to maintain the peace.