Residents in the Ketu South Municipality of the Volta region have been gripped with fear as armed security personnel invade the area.
According to Starr News, the security contingent which includes the military and officials of the Ghana Immigration Service had been deployed into some communities along the Ghana-Togo boarder such as Wudoaba, Korpeyia and Anoenu since Monday 22, June.
Residents say the presence of the armed personnel intimidates and hinders them from going about their normal duties.
“We only woke up some two days ago and started seeing these men who are heavily built and are heavily armed in the community. We feel uncomfortable having them around because they are strange faces,” a resident of Wudoaba told Starr News’ Faisel Abdul-Iddrisu.
Another resident, Desmond said, “It feels unsafe and terrible seeing these heavily built military officers around our communities. We are living in fear and can not go about our daily lives as usual.”
He bemoans that, “it is very intimidating when these men stop you along the way to question and search you in some cases.”
MCE for the area, Elliot Edem Agbenorwu in a statement explained the reasons behind the heavy military presence.
“The presence of the security in Ketu South is to protect the citizenry and to maintain peace, law and order in the municipality.
“As you are already aware, Ghana’s land borders have been closed since the outbreak of COVID-19, in order to curb the spread,” he said.
The MCE concluded, “they are here to also help police our porous borders and numerous unapproved routes against foreigners who still find way in the country through our enclaves.”