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Threats Of Violent Extremism Descending To West-Africa’s Coastal States : Report

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Following pockets of civil, political, and social unrest in parts of the West African sub-region, the West Africa Centre for Counter-Extremism warns that Ghana is at high risk of terrorism.

According to the report, threats of violent extremism are heavily descending on coastal states from the Sahel regions, and Ghana could not be spared given what is happening in its neighboring countries.

This was stated in a report released by the Centre, which highlighted Ghana’s vulnerability to violent extremism while also providing historical and analytical context for these threats.

Chieftaincy and ethnic disputes, land conflicts, marginalization of vulnerable groups, and high youth unemployment make Ghana vulnerable to terrorist threats.

“Recent attacks in Benin, Togo, and Ivory Coast highlight terrorists’ determination to expand beyond landlocked Sahelian countries, where the insurgency has destroyed thousands of lives and property over the last decade.”

“Ghana has a large number of unresolved chieftaincy and ethnic conflicts and tensions, especially in the Northern regions.” The inherently high exploitative capacity of extremists implies that these vulnerabilities put Ghana at risk of terrorist exploitation, according to the Centre’s report.

Specific areas of concern.

Despite the fact that Ghana has yet to experience a terrorist attack on its soil, the threat is said to be “menacingly and rapidly descending from the Sahel towards Coastal States in the last five years.”

“With all of its immediate neighbors under attack, Ghana is now encircled by the threat.” “These developments are dangerous for Ghana,” according to the report.

It cited the ongoing Bawku chieftaincy conflict, other ethnic tensions in the country’s northern regions such as the Saboba, Chereponi, Gushiegu, and Karaga communities, and the unresolved issue involving Western Togoland separatists as challenges that exacerbated the exposure.

Other social and economic issues mentioned included impassable roads, a lack of drinking water, inadequate healthcare and educational facilities, scarcity, and an abrupt increase in food prices.

“These make Northern Ghana’s border regions vulnerable and a possible target for extremist exploitation,” the West Africa Centre for Counter-Extremism stated in its report.

The determination of social activists like the #FixTheCountry campaigners to exploit security, economic, and governance challenges adds to the long list of factors fueling the youth uprising.

Way Forward.

Ghana is thus under intense pressure to take action against rising acts of insurgency that threaten the sub-peace, region’s stability, and economic development. These must be addressed head on in order to avoid sociopolitical and economic instability. The government is being urged to take note of the widespread nature of the threat to Ghana and to act quickly to increase national commitment to preventing the threat from spreading into the country.

“It requires coastal states to collaborate to improve intelligence gathering, inter-agency coordination, and intelligence sharing in order to prevent the threat from moving further south.” However, the overall effectiveness of Ghana’s response will be determined by the government’s willingness to acknowledge that the battle against terrorism and the drivers that fuel it cannot be won solely on the battlefield.”

“It will be won in the local community by addressing the root causes of radicalization and building resilience to the threat.” It will be won by “effectively addressing grievances and mobilizing local community support and goodwill to build the social and economic infrastructure required to build resilience against extremism,” according to the report.

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McDonald’s To Leave Russia Permanently After 32 Years

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McDonald’s has announced that it will leave Russia permanently after 30 years.

McDonald’s announced in March that it would temporarily close its roughly 850 restaurants in the country as part of the economic fallout from Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

The Chicago-based company owns 84% of its stores in Russia and has stated that its restaurants in Russia and Ukraine contributed 9% of its annual revenue, or around $2 billion (£1.6 billion).

The company expects to incur a non-cash charge of between $1.2 billion (£980 million) and $1.4 billion as part of the exit.

“The humanitarian crisis caused by the war in Ukraine, as well as the precipitating unpredictable operating environment,” McDonald’s said in a statement.

According to the company, it has begun selling its restaurants there due to the “humanitarian crisis” and “unpredictable operating environment” caused by the Ukraine war.

McDonald’s intends to sell its business to a local buyer, which employs 62,000 people and operates 850 restaurants (including those run by franchisees).

The restaurants will be “de-arched,” which means they will no longer use the McDonald’s name, logo, or branding. In a statement, McDonald’s stated that its “priorities include seeking to ensure that McDonald’s employees in Russia continue to be paid until the close of any transaction and that employees have future employment with any potential buyer.” In Russia, it will keep its trademarks.

According to the company, doing business in Russia is “no longer tenable” or consistent with its values.

“This is a complicated issue with no precedent and profound consequences,” McDonald’s CEO Chris Kempczinski wrote in a message to franchisees, employees, and suppliers obtained by The New York Times.

“Some might argue that providing access to food and continuing to employ tens of thousands of ordinary citizens is unquestionably the right thing to do,” he continued. However, it is impossible to ignore the humanitarian crisis caused by Ukraine’s war. And it’s difficult to imagine the Golden Arches symbolizing the same hope and promise that drove us to enter the Russian market 32 years ago.”

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Ashantigold Demoted To Division Two For Match Manipulation

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Ashantigold Sporting Club of Ghana has been demoted to Division Two, Ghana’s third tier league, after being found guilty of match manipulation.

The incident occurred at the end of the 2020/2021 Ghana Premier League season, when Ashantigold defeated Inter Allies 7-0. Hashmin Musah, an Allies player, scored two own goals and later admitted his action was to ruin a bet placed on the game.

Dr. Kwaku Frimpong, the club’s President, and his son, Emmanuel Frimpong, the club’s Chief Executive Officer, have also been barred from football activities for ten years and eight years, respectively.

Eight club players were also banned for two years each after being found guilty of match manipulation, and a further five players were given four-year bans for failing to appear before the GFA’s Disciplinary Committee.

Furthermore, the club was fined Ghs 100,000, the President was fined Ghs 100,000, and the CEO was fined Ghs 50,000.

The decision will be implemented beginning with the 2022/2023 season.

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Inter Allies Demoted To Division Two For Match Manipulation

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Inter Allies Football Club has been demoted to Ghana’s second division after being found guilty of match manipulation.

The Ghana FA’s Disciplinary Committee announced the decision on Monday, following the conclusion of an investigation into last season’s final day clash between AshGold and Inter Allies at the Len Clay Stadium.

The game was won by AshGold 7-0, with Inter Allies defender Hashmin Musah scoring two own goals in the process.

Musah, however, admitted after the game in a radio interview that his own goals were scored on purpose to scupper a 5-1 bet that some people had placed on the match.

The GFA announced that the club had been charged on two counts and that it would be demoted to Division Two at the end of the current season. They were relegated from the Ghana Premier League last season and fell into this division.

In addition to the demotion, Inter Allies must pay a GHS 100,000 fine under the GFA’s Disciplinary Code.

Their head coach, Felix Aboagye, and team manager, Reuben Adjetey, would be barred from all football-related activity for 24 months.

As part of the GFA’s sanctions, four players were given 24-month bans. Richmond Lamptey of Kotoko was banned from football for 30 months because he was playing for Inter Allies at the time of the incident.

Hashmin Musah was also punished, but he received a shorter 6-month ban for bringing the incident to light, and he was also warned to notify the GFA’s Integrity Hotline in the future if he becomes aware of such unscrupulous arrangements.

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