By Kofi Ampeah-Woode, Pulmakom and Bazua
The 5-day anti-terrorism training program by the Ghana Army and Airforce, for all security elements involved in OPERATION CONQUERED FIST, entered into Day 3, this time, in the Upper East Region, with higher intensity and less mistakes by troops involved, as the combat team, collaborated to repel armed attacks at certain locations.
On Wednesday, May 26, 2021, troops from the 11 Mechanized Battalion (XI Mech Bn) of the Army, based at Bazua, near Bawku, joined hands wit the Formed Police Unit (FPU), Immigration and Customs personnel, to deal with a scenario, in which actionable intelligence had it that, a stubborn group, had resolved to transport Improvised Explosive Devices (IED), across a particular route, near the border post at Widana Pulmakom.
The team, defeated the insurgents, howbeit, with some casualties, however, with the participation of dogs from the National Dogs Academy (NDA), they were also able to identify the IEDs, called in the military Bomb Squad, to safely detonate them, whilst the National Ambulance Service, administered healthcare to injured persons of both the loyal forces and dissidents.
In another scenario, a couple of hours after the Pulmakom incidences, the Bazua Camp, which headquarters XI Mech Bn, was attacked (scenario relating to terrorist incidents in Ghana’s neighbouring countries, where military camps were attacked), by a larger force than those at Pulmakom, but the attack was repelled after a long tussle, as the Air Force in Tamale, was called in and provided Air Cover and also aerially attacked the insurgents.
Present dignitaries included the Chief of the Army Staff – Major General Thomas Oppong-Peprah, the Chief of the Air Staff – Air Vice Marshal Frank Hanson, GOC, Northern Command – Brig Gen Moses Mohamed Aryee, Commander, Support Services Brigade Group – Brig Gen Matthew Essien.
Others were the Regional 2IC, Police – Deputy Commissioner of Police Mr Alex Amenyo, Divisional Police Commander – Chief Superintendent Mr Alex Amenyah, Pulmakom, Assistant Superintendent Immigration Michael Yeboah and Assistant Revenue Officer Alhassan Abu – Customs.