One of the suspected terrorists who recently took neighbouring Burkina Faso by storm leaving in its wake 30 dead bodies and several others seriously injured has been arrested in Ghana.
The man, who has been identified as Zuure Braimah, was said to have confirmed being a bodyguard of former Burkinabe President Blaise Campoare, whose attempt to amend that country’s constitution to extend his 27-year rule caused the 2014 Burkina uprising, making him flee to Ivory Coast on October 31, 2014.
Zuure was arrested by the police at Gwollu in the Sissala West District of the Upper West Region following a tipoff.
Upper West Crime Officer Superintendent Fuseini Musah Awinba told Joy FM: “On January 23, 2016, the Gwollu police had 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.”
Zuure is suspected to be linked to the recent terror attacks in the Burkinabe capital, Ouagadougou, in which occupants of a hotel and a café were held hostage by agents of Islamist militant group, Al-Qaeda.
According to the police officer, “As he was being interrogated, the Burkina Faso police also came in and stated that he was a 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.”
Police in Ghana kept Zuure in custody till their colleagues from the other side of the border came for him. He has since been sent to Burkina Faso. Superintendent Awinba claimed, “The Burkina Faso police will be able to know if he is linked or involved in the terror attack since it happened there.”
His arrest seems to have caused some apprehension in Ghana, especially among those living in Gwollu, the hometown of late President Hilla Limann.
There is fear that the recent terror attacks in Burkina Faso – which shares a common border with Ghana – could spill over into the country, in the wake of the harbouring of two former detainees of Guantanamo Bay in Ghana.
By Charles Takyi-Boadu