Its been 6 years since the rumors about two Ghanians joining the ISIS( Islamic State in Iraq and Syria) was made public by the national Security. The question as to how true that was , was never solved.
Then again, its been almost 13 years since the member of this same group used Ghana as a transit to amsterdam in a failed plane bombing.A Ghanaian Suicide bomber, rumored to be “Abu Dujana” ( named after the skilled swordsman companion of prophet Muhammed mentioned in the Hadith) detonated a car bomb in a french camp in Mali leaving at least 12 people, including 8 french soldiers and 4 residents seriously injured. It is believed, Abu dujana died in the blast.
Abu, who pre-recorded a video before the attack revealed he is a native of Karaga in the Northern Region of Ghana.He detonated the explosives on the instructions of terrorist coalition the Jama’a Nusrat ul-Islam wa al-Muslimin popularly known by its acronym JNIM or its French name Groupe de soutien à I’Islam et aux Musulmans (GSIM).
85% of all terrorist bombings in Mali and Burkina Faso are reportedly carried out by this JNIM group which is a merger of terrorist groups Ansar Dine, the Macina Liberation Front (FLM), Al-Mourabitoun
Based on checks, Abu Dujana is suspected to have changed his actual name and adopted the “Abu Dujana” when he joined the terrorists.
In the video he pre-recorded, Abu bade farewell to his parents and called on Ghanaians youth, especially those from his Fulani ethnic group to take up arms against Ghana.
Abu Dujana paid tribute to the leadership of the terrorist coalition JNIM and called on Jafar Dicko (leader of notorious Ansaroul Islam terrorist group) to continue the terror fight without giving up.
It will be recalled in 2015, Ghana confirmed that at least two Ghanaian citizens left the country to join the Islamic State. One of them, Mohammad Nazir Nortei Alema, a 25-year-old university student, contacted his family via WhatsApp on Aug. 16 2015 to tell them he had joined the Islamist extremists.
The identity of the second individual who allegedly joined the group was not Known.
According to Yaw Donkor, then National Security boss, Alema likely traveled through neighbouring Burkina Faso or nearby Nigeria before reaching a training camp in Niger and then moving forward to Turkey or Syria. Mr. Donkor also confirmed that Alema was radicalized in an online forum, raising fears that the Islamic State was using social media to persuade other Ghanaian university students to join the group in Iraq or Syria or potentially, return home to take up arms in Ghana itself as news reports then suggested.
Alema’s family have claimed they believed he was radicalized online, not in a mosque in Ghana
Alema, who reportedly finished a government internship in July, displayed no signs of outwardly supporting radical Islam, his family members have said. His brother told Reuters that two weeks after telling his family he was traveling from Accra to a mining town in the country’s west, they received WhatsApp messages revealing he left the country to join the group and abandon what he called “the corrupt system.”
It will be recalled in 2009, a 25 year old boy Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab traveled to Yemen for the purpose of becoming involved in violent “jihad” on behalf of al Qaeda purchasing his ticket in Ghana and flying via Kotoka International Airport to Lagos.
He arrived in Nigeria on 24 December from Ghana via Virgin Nigeria. His passport was scanned on entry into Nigeria at 20:08 and was scanned in at check-in for departure to Amsterdam at 20:35.
Although Abdulmutallab was known to have bought his ticket here in Accra, he officially started his journey on December 24 in Lagos, where he boarded the KLM flight to Amsterdam before transiting to the detroit flight.
He conspired with other al-Qaeda members to bomb a U.S. aircraft over U.S. soil and received an explosive device for that purpose. Abdulmutallab traveled with the bomb concealed in his underwear from Yemen to Africa and then to Amsterdam, the Netherlands, where he boarded Flight 253 on Christmas Day 2009.
Abdulmutallab’s purpose in taking the bomb on board Flight 253 was to detonate it during flight, causing the plane to crash and kill the 290 passengers and crew members on board.
As Flight 253 was on descent into detroit
As Flight 253 was on descent into Detroit Metropolitan Airport, the Abdulmutalab detonated the bomb, which resulted in a fire, without fully exploding. Passengers and flight attendants tackled him and extinguished the fire.
A native of Kaduna in Nigeria, Abdulmutallab pleaded guilty on Oct. 12, 2011, to conspiracy to commit an act of terrorism transcending national boundaries; attempted murder within the special aircraft jurisdiction of the United States; willfully placing a destructive device on an aircraft, which was likely to have endangered the safety of the aircraft; attempted use of a weapon of mass destruction; willfully attempting to Destroy and wreck a civil aircraft.And three counts of possession of a destructive device in furtherance of a crime of violence. He was sentenced to life.