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14.03.2007 General News

Five Fulanis Released To Burkinabe Security

Five Fulanis who were arrested for committing various offences, including robbery, murder and rape, along the Tumu-Navrongo and the Bole-Bamboi roads, as well as other parts of the Upper West Region last year have been handed over to the security agencies in Burkina Faso.

They were accompanied by four gendarmerie from Burkina Faso and a combined team of police and military personnel from Ghana in a Ghanaian military armoured carrier to Burkina Faso on Monday afternoon.

They are Baari Saliou, alias Rasta, 28, Jallo Yaro, alias Sulemana Belko, 25, Serebe Abdulai, 36, said to be on the wanted list of the Burkinabe security, Werendi Para, 35, and Amadu Barry, alias Silta Tale, 56.

Briefing the media in Wa, the acting Upper West Regional Police Commander, ACP Robert Ayalingo, said three of the suspects were arrested at a drinking spot in Wa, while the other two were arrested at Jirapa and Fielmo during police operations there last year.

He said they were later remanded in prison custody by a Wa circuit court.

He said they were being released to the Burkinabe security to be tried in their country, after persistent negotiations by Burkinabe officials that three of the suspects were on their wanted list.

ACP Ayalingo said one other Fulani suspect who was arrested with five locally-made pistols and whose name was not readily available had since been convicted and serving his sentence at the Wa Central Prisons, adding that he would also be deported after serving his sentence.

The regional commander gave the said security personnel were firmly on the ground to arrest all other suspects.

He urged people to report all suspicious characters in their localities to the police and appealed to the people to co-operate with the police to make the region more peaceful.

In October last year, the Daily Graphic carried a story on the arrest of five suspected Fulani armed robbers who were identified by residents of Tumu as those who robbed, raped and murdered passengers along the Tumu-Navrongo and the Bole-Bamboi roads.

Story by Chris Nunoo