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Wa killings: Security analyst calls for cross-border investigation

The killings seem to be following a worrying trend that saw eleven security men killed in a similar manner back in 2023 in the Upper West Region

Security analyst, Adib Saani, has called for an extensive investigation and collaboration between the security forces of Ghana, Côte d’Ivoire and Burkina Faso to unravel the recent killing of some security officers in Wa, Upper West Region.

The lifeless body of a security guard for the Wa East district education office annex was found on Tuesday (18 June) morning, and initial checks on the body revealed that the deceased’s penis and parts of his throat had been cut off.

Another security man guarding the Wa model primary school who went missing with traces of blood around his area was discovered in a shallow grave, raising suspicion of murder.

The killings seem to be following a worrying trend that saw eleven security men killed in a similar manner back in 2023 in the Upper West region.

This caused the Inspector General of Police (IGP), George Akuffo Dampare, to visit the area as well as saw the deployment of police personnel.

Barely a month ago, similar killings were recorded in Bole, about 100 km away from Wa. A huge police deployment was effected to help apprehend the culprits.

In an interview with Asaase News, Saani said that beyond the deployment of security forces in the area to ensure protection, cross-border investigations should be initiated to ensure that perpetrators are brought to justice.

“This is consistent with a certain pattern. The perpetrators are organised; they are into ritual activities. What we need to identify is whether these killings are linked to any cross-border activities. We need to establish if these criminals are non-Ghanaians who cross into the country to engage in these nefarious acts,” Saani said.

“Sending police personnel to the community is not enough; that is a short-term measure. What the focus point should be is getting to the root cause of the killings, even if this includes collaboration between the Ghanaian authorities together with its Burkinabe and Ivorian counterparts to get to the bottom of these incidents. And I think the intelligence agencies should also be deeply involved in this investigation.”

Reporting by Stephen Freeman in Accra

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