Police personnel guarding Ghana’s borders to Burkina Faso at Hamile in the Upper West Region on Sunday,June 2, 2019, arrested a Burkinabe with a loaded handgun at the Roman Catholic church.
The 55-year-old suspect was arrested at around 8 am, after members of the church raised alarm about his suspicious behavior during a church service.
His arrest comes amid the increased threat of terror attacks on churches in the region.
The crime officer of the Jirapa municipal police command, DSP Richard Dapilah, told Citi News that communities like Hamile were wary of terror threats following recent trends.
“We have placed them all on high alert because of the attacks in Burkina Faso and other Sahel countries,” he said.
He noted that the suspect was under investigations and would be processed for court immediately investigations were over.
“During his interrogation, he told me he acquired the gun in Burkina Faso and licensed it there. He showed us the documents. We are holding him currently for possessing a firearm without authority,” he said
The terror fears have led the police to even suggest the banning of bags from churches.
Police in the Central region called on the clergy to consider banning the use of bags in churches to reduce the risk of an attack.
Four persons were killed in an attack on a Catholic church in northern Burkina Faso late May 2019, marking the latest in a string of assaults on Christian places of worship.
There have been fears that such attacks could spread to Northern Ghana as some Burkinabes migrate to the northern parts of Ghana in search of refuge
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