Burkina Faso 'coup' Tight security as Ghana-Burkina Faso re-open borders

Visits by the Ghana News Agency (GNA) to the Paga and Kulungugu border posts to assess the situation indicate that the situation in Burkina Faso had affected the movement of persons, goods and services across the frontier. 

  • Published:
24/7 Live - Subscribe to the Pulse Newsletter!

There is heightened security along Ghana’s common borders with Burkina Faso in the Upper East Region, which were opened on Friday after a three-day closure following a military takeover in that country. 
Visits by the Ghana News Agency (GNA) to the Paga and Kulungugu border posts to assess the situation indicate that the situation in Burkina Faso had affected the movement of persons, goods and services across the frontier. 
 

The Paga Border Control Officer of the Ghana Immigration Service, Alhaji Issifu Musah,  told the GNA that security had been intensified and that most identified routes between Paga and neighbouring Burkina Faso were being patrolled by a combined  team of the Customs and the Immigration Service personnel. 
 

Meanwhile, a number of military personnel from the Airborne Force led by Lt. Col Joseph Malik had been deployed to assist the border agencies at the various entry points. 
 

The Deputy Commander in charge of the Customs Unit in Paga, Mr Emmanuel Lawson, said despite the initial challenges that emerged due to the closure of the border, there was no cause for alarm but stressed that revenue generation had declined considerably. 
 

A cargo truck driver who plies the Ghana-Burkina-Mali route, Mr  Ahmed Mumin, confirmed that the insurgency in neighbouring Burkina Faso had had a negative impact on the transport business as goods that were supposed to be delivered to their business partners in Burkina had been delayed. 
He indicated that some Ghanaian traders who conveyed perishable goods to Burkina Faso had been greatly affected as a result of the three-day border closure and had incurred losses.
 

Business between the two countries had until Friday afternoon come to a halt since the closure of the borders on September 16, following a military coup in the Francophone country.

Trucks loaded with maize, yam, fertilizer and timber boards among other products, had to park at the Kulungugu and Paga border posts.   

Meanwhile, news from the Burkinabe capital, Ouagadougou, has it that the country's interim President, Mr Michel Kafando has been freed and is in good health, while Prime Minister Isaac Zida, who was also placed in detention last Wednesday, remains under house arrest.
Mr Kafando and Mr Zida were detained during a cabinet meeting on Wednesday by the presidential guard who announced they had taken over the reins of government.

Recommended Articles

Recommended Videos





Top Articles

1 Video Soldier detained for leaking Flagstaff House brutality videobullet
2 SONA President Akufo-Addo presents maiden State of the Nation Addressbullet
3 State of the Nation Address Policeman heckles GTV cameraman during SONAbullet
4 Kumasi Technical Institute Over 20 injured after students clash...bullet
5 Assault Police must crack this case- Otiko Djababullet
6 Pay Day NDC Ministers troop to Flagstaff House for ex-gratiabullet
7 Ghana Police IGP in another radical police shake-upbullet
8 State of the Nation Address Nana Addo condemns unlawful...bullet
9 Judiciary William Atuguba is acting Chief Justicebullet
10 COCOBOD Matters Government freezes Opuni’s bank accountsbullet

Top Videos

1 Video Police officer attacked at Flagstaff Housebullet
2 Meet "The Beast" President Obama's Cadillac that's more tank than carbullet
3 Obinim What happen'd when we fact checked Obinim's Bible knowledgebullet
4 Video Taxi driver terrified after an encounter with a ghostbullet
5 Refugee Ghanaian to lose fingers after 7-hour trek to cross US...bullet
6 Kwame Nkrumah Interchange Water leaks from hole in wall at new...bullet
7 Vitiligo Enam Honya - is challenging what you think about beautybullet
8 Watch Kumchacha delivers Counselor Lutterodt from 'demons'bullet
9 In Zimbabwe President Mugabe’s 70 year-old aide marries...bullet
10 Trade Fair Fire Police give an update on La Gas explosionbullet

News