Togo Responds To Jihadist Threat, Declares State Of Emergency

Following its first deadly attack in May, Togolese government has declared a state of emergency in its northern region to combat jihadist infiltration.

The Togolese government has declared a state of emergency along its northern border province, in response to the expansion of Jihadists linked to Al-Qaeda in the region.

This took place after a ministerial meeting on Monday, May 13, 2022, where the government declared that the state of security covers the Savannah region, which includes the country’s most northern provinces.

The government, in a statement, said the declaration will improve decision making and speed up the operation of its defense and security force. 

According to government spokesman, Akodah Ayewouadan, the measure will last three months and could be extended by Togo’s national assembly.

The Al-qaeda affiliate in the region, “Jama’atu Nasrul Islam wal Muslimin,” has been threatening the coastal West African countries of Ivory Coast, Benin, and Togo.

In May, JNIM Jihadists killed eight Togolese army personnel and injured 13 others in a Jihadi attack that claimed lives in the country. 

Again, in Nov. 2021, an attack by terrorists suspected to be Jihadists on its military base was successfully repelled

Armed incursions from troubled Sahel nations by jihadists linked to Al-Qaeda and the Islamic State (IS) organisation have also threatened Ghana and Ivory Coast, heightening fears of a southward push towards the Gulf of Guinea.

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Aliyu is an Assistant Editor at HumAngle and Head of the Radicalism and Extremism Desk. He has years of experience researching misinformation and influence operations. He is passionate about analysing jihadism in Africa and has published several articles on the topic. His work has been featured in various local and international publications.

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