Burkinabe Terrorists Arrested

2The quiet
Sisala town of Hamile in the Upper West Region appears to be on the radar of
suspected terrorists, as a second Burkinabe has breached our frontiers with a

Tengen Dunor
was said to have crossed the border illegally to buy alcohol when he was
arrested upon a tip-off last Wednesday.

Owing to
heightened security in the country, the man has been swiftly brought to Accra
for further interrogation and action by the relevant security agencies.

His story of
coming to Ghana to buy an alcoholic beverage did not appear to convince the
security agents, especially as he showed several rounds of ammunition.

Earlier, a Burkinabe
national went to a Roman Catholic Church armed with a fully loaded pistol, but
was busted after two persons became suspicious about him and alerted the

There is a marked
state of vigilance among the population at Hamile due to the second arrest of a
suspected terrorist in the town.

During his Eid-ul-Fitr
address at the Independence Square last Wednesday, President Akufo-Addo commended
the two persons who busted the suspected Burkinabe terrorist.

He went on to
encourage citizens to report suspicious persons to the security agencies for
the necessary action to be taken.

Terrorists with
links to ISIS are active in Burkina Faso and Mali. They have engaged in deadly
firefights with local forces.

French marines
recently engaged some terrorists in Burkina in a bid to rescue Western
hostages. Although the soldiers succeeded in their bid, they lost two of their

The issue of
beefing up Ghana’s security and the retooling of the Ghana Armed Forces (GAF) popped
up a few months ago when security experts revealed that Ghana’s proximity to
Burkina Faso, a terrorist infested country, should prick the conscience of
Ghanaians not to drop their guard.

While every
effort is being made not to press the alarm button and create fear and panic among
the population, there is no denying the fact that the terrorists are close by
and will attempt to make incursions when it suits their purpose.

What to do? Sensitize the people especially along frontier towns to be vigilant and alert the security agencies when they spot suspicious looking persons veering into Ghana from Burkina Faso, so say the security experts.

By A.R. Gomda

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