The Ghana Armed Forces (GAF) has officially commenced an anti-terrorism training exercise code named ‘Exercise Eagle Claws 2020,’ at Pulimakom Widana, Barzua and Paga in the Upper East Region on Monday, 22 June 2020.
The four-day joint training which is scheduled to end on Friday, 26 June 2020 is aimed at training and preparing security personnel of Operation Conquered Fist on their assigned task. The exercise is hosted by the Ghana Armed Forces in collaboration with the Ghana Police Service, the Ghana Immigration Service, the Customs Division of the Ghana Revenue Authority and the Bureau of National Investigations.
Troops are expected to undergo a joint rescue missions at Pulimakom Widana, a suburb near the Ghana-Togo Boarder in the Bawku Municipality, camp reinforcement drills at Barzua and deliberate vehicle checkpoint with sniper dogs at Paga. The exercise will continue at different locations covering the Upper East and West Regions.
The Exercise Coordinator, Colonel William Nii Nortey stated that it was imperative for High Command to ascertain the level of readiness of troops to combat multiple terrorist attacks in their AOR, whiles testing the skills of troops in airmobile operations with the Ghana Air Force.
It would be recalled that Operation Conquered Fist was recently launched to deal with terrorist activities in the Northern Sector of the country. To this end, the exercise will among other things, support the Command and Staff of the operation to regularize their Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) and Contingency Plans for the operation.
In his remarks, the Chief of the Army Staff (COAS), Major General Thomas Oppong-Peprah commended the troops for the high level of professionalism and appreciation of their mission in the operation Conquered Fist. He admonished them to be more committed in the training in order to imbibe the lessons and skills relevant to the success of their operation. He, however, encouraged them to take their personal security and force protection seriously.
Dignitaries who observed the training included the Service Chiefs, Commander Support Services Brigade, Director General DCIS, Brigadier General Matthew Essien, and Directors from the Ghana Armed Forces. Others were the Acting Deputy Commander of Operation Conquest Fist, Superintendent Mahama Ahmed, Assistant Superintendent of Immigration, Pullimakom Boarder, Mr Andrews Gyimah and the Senior Revenue Collector in-charge of Pullimakom (Customs) Mr Alhassan Taninu.