Police to extradite bodyguard of ex-Burkinabe president

Police in the Upper West region are working to extradite to Burkina Faso a bodyguard of ousted president Blaise Compoare who is alleged to have committed some crimes in his home country.

Zuure Braimah was arrested at Gbollu in the Sissala west District after police became suspicious of his movement in the town.

Upper West Regional Director of the Criminal Investigation Department of the Ghana Police Service, Superintendent Fuseini Musah Awinba in an interview with Joy News correspondent Rafik Salam said the suspect confirms after interrogations that he is a former guard of Blaise Compoare.

“On January 23, 2016, the Gbollu police had an information that a certain young man was loitering in the township and is suspected to be a criminal. So they went in, arrested him and when he was interrogated, he confirmed being a former member of the disbanded Burkina Faso presidential guard unit.

“As he was being interrogated, the Burkina Faso police also came in and stated that he was wanted man. For now we are hearing that he is a terror suspect but no confirmation has come from the Burkina Faso side that he is wanted in the terror case that happened a few weeks ago,” Superintendent Fuseini Musah Awinba said.

Superintendent Fuseini Musah Awinba
In the absence of the real facts relating to the case, Sup Awinba said the most appropriate thing to do is to refer the case to the security agencies in Burkina Faso for further investigations.

“The Burkina Faso police will be able to know if he is linked or involved with the terror attack since it happened there,” he added.

He advised the general public not to panic, “we are collaborating very well with the police and military at the Burkina side and we are sharing information and assisting each other.

“So for now we do not have any fear that some of the terror suspects are within our territory,” he assured.

Meanwhile, government has moved to tighten security at the country’s borders following the attacks in Burkina Faso.

Outgoing Minister for the Interior, Mark Woyongo, says the country’s security agencies have beefed up security at shopping malls, mosques, churches, and other public places.

Tight security measures have also been taken at Ghana’s borders in the Northern part of the county.

Last Friday, at least 25 people were killed when al-Qaeda’s affiliates in West Africa launched a bloody assault on a hotel and a café in Ouagadougou, the capital of Burkina Faso.

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