The Police confirmed that the man, whose name has been withheld for now, is on the wanted list of Burkina Faso’s security forces.
Speaking to Citi News, the Upper West Regional Police Crime Officer, Superintendent Hussein Musah Awun said the Police found out that he was a former member of the presidential guard after he was interrogated.
“Yesterday in the evening around 5 pm… the Police just saw a certain man who they suspected to be a criminal. He was just loitering in the town, and they did not know his name so they arrested him and he was interrogated, and it was there that it was revealed he was an ex-member of the presidential guard that was disbanded.
“Police in Burkina Faso were also monitoring him, so they found out they have arrested him and they contacted us, but since we just arrested him, we could not just hand him over to them .”
Meanwhile, security chiefs have announced increased surveillance at Ghana’s borders to foil any possible terror attacks after the recent attacks in Burkina Faso.
On Sunday, ten soldiers from a disbanded elite unit loyal to Burkina Faso’s former president were arrested over a raid on an armoury outside the country’s capital, Ouagadougou.
The pre-dawn raid on Friday at the weapons warehouse underscored the challenges facing new President Roch March Christian Kabore, a week after al-Qaeda fighters attacked a hotel and cafe in the capital, killing at least 30 people.