The Ghanaian police have confirmed the arrest of a Burkina Faso national on Sunday with a loaded handgun during church service at a Roman Catholic Church at Hamile in the Upper West region.
The 55-year-old suspect was picked up by the police during the first service after the church members raised alarm over his suspicious behavior, the police said.
The gun was loaded with two rounds of ammunition.
The Crime officer of the Jirapa municipal police command, DSP Richard Dapilah, said the suspect whose name is being withheld is being interrogated in the wake of terror threats on Ghana.
“We have placed them all on high alert because of the attacks in Burkina Faso and other Sahel countries,” he said.
The crime officer noted that the suspect is under investigations and will be processed for court immediately investigations are 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,” DSP Dapilah told local station Citi FM.
He has been detained at the Police District Headquarters in Jirapa in the Upper West Region as investigations continue.
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.
Observers have also urged churches to improve security in churches and worship centres over possible terrorist attacks.
Security agencies in the country have met the leadership of the Christian community to discuss how to enhance security at the various churches in the wake of the concerns.