Togo: State of emergency in Savannah region extended for 6 months

Thursday, 08 September 2022 13:47
Togo: State of emergency in Savannah region extended for 6 months

(Togo First) - Togolese authorities extended the state of emergency in the Savannah region last Tuesday, Sept 6. Initially declared on June 13, for 3 months, the state of emergency has been extended for another six months.

The measure was declared in response to jihadist threats in the north of the country. It is intended to allow the government to freely carry out its mission: protecting the people and preventing terrorist attacks. 

This response should be both military and social. In this regard, Yark Damehane, the minister of security, on behalf of the government, stressed the need to maintain collaboration between the population and the defense and security forces, but also to "strengthen access to basic social services in order to reduce their vulnerability to shocks.

Since the State of emergency was declared last June, Togo has recorded several attempted attacks. Some of these attacks, which are mostly concentrated in the north, near the border with Burkina Faso, have been repelled.

Written by: Ayi Renaud Dossavi

Translated from French by Schadrac Akinocho

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