Burkina Faso, Côte d’Ivoire and Ghana launched a joint security operation called Koudanlgou II in the southern and western areas of Burkina Faso. More than 2,000 security personnel from the three countries were involved in the operation in November 2018, which was designed to crack down on transnational crime such as terrorism, smuggling and drug trafficking.
In a news conference after the event in Bouna, Côte d’Ivoire, officials said the operation led to 150 arrests, 11 confiscated vehicles and seized arms, ammunition, cannabis and liquor, the Burkinabe news website Bafujii Infos reported. Security forces also offered health services to local populations, painted a school and repaired a road.
Burkinabe Minister of Security Clément Pègwendé Sawadogo said the operation reinforced a partnership among the Soldiers of the three countries and helped them coordinate efforts and learn about the region where the three countries meet.
Benin, Burkina Faso, Ghana and Togo held a roundtable discussion in May 2018 that included security chiefs and heads of relevant departments to discuss strengthening ties to combat cross-border crime.