Churches in Ghana are beefing up security to guard against what faith leaders see as a growing threat from Islamist militants operating in the west African region.
John Bonaventure Kwofie, the Archbishop of the Catholic Church in the capital, Accra, told Joy Online news site the threat was coming closer:
“Security has become a big issue today with what happened in Sri Lanka and what’s happening in Burkina Faso. Since it’s coming closer to us, we are now standing alert to face this security threat that is coming up,” he said.
The Christ the King Church also in Accra, has already introduced several measures including banning people from carrying backpacks inside the church.
Policemen would also be deployed during Sunday church services and other occasions, a published security directive said.