Managing Terrorism in Africa: Assessing Policing Issues

Managing Terrorism in Africa: Assessing Policing Issues

Gerald Dapaah Gyamfi (University of Professional Studies, Accra, Ghana)
Copyright: © 2018 |Pages: 11
DOI: 10.4018/IJCWT.2018070102

Abstract

Terrorism has contributed significantly to the unstable and unavoidable conflict and threat to security to many countries in the twenty-first century globally. In this qualitative case study, the author explores the causes and devastating effects of terrorism on the continent of Africa. The study used purposive sampling method to select and interview eight executive police officers from the Kofi Annan International Peace Training Centre (KAIPTC) and the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) of the Ghana Police Service (GPS). The researcher also assessed issues of policing in Africa relating to terrorism using archival records kept at criminal investigations departments, empirical studies, and other records on the menace published by renowned experts. The study reveals that socialization and radicalism through some interventions are the major causes of terrorism in Africa. The study recommends that international bodies led by the United Nations should support the policing efforts to curb the menace of terrorism in Africa.
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Research Justification

The author is of the view that policing efforts to manage acts of terrorism in Africa will be enhanced if the root causes of the menace are identified clearly. The study contributes knowledge on identifying the root courses and spread of terrorism across Africa. This knowledge should pave way for police actions that all people on the African continent should consider in dealing with the menace. Knowledge of the root course and assessing the outcome of acts of terrorism in Africa will provide a clue leading to the eradication of the menace, such as tackling the social and radicalization issues that trigger acts of terrorism on the African continent. The outcome contributes significantly to the identification of the strategies that the terrorists’ movements penetrating the African continent adopt and the police’s use of concerted effort to minimize, if not eradicate, acts of terrorism from Africa.

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