Three Togolese soldiers were reportedly rescued in Ghana on Wednesday from being lynched.
They were rescued by security officials in a town called Jasikan in the Volta Region of Ghana.
Residents in the community had attacked them for attempting to arrest a dissident who escaped from Togo to Ghana.
Police Chief in the region, DCOP Francis Ebenezer Doku told Accra based Citi FM that eight Togolese soldiers crossed into Ghana.
Doku said they crossed into a village called Amoako in the Jasikan District with the intention of arresting a dissident who was wanted in Togo.
But the community revolted, rounded three of them up and tied one to a tree.
” …In the process, five of the soldiers bolted back to Togo leaving the three behind and the indigenes got hold of them and attacked them. In the process, one of them was tied to a tree with a nylon rope,” DCOP Doku said.
Meanwhile, the soldiers were handed over to their Togolese unit commander.
This incident is coming two weeks after Togo held parliamentary elections amid tension and a boycott from 14 opposition political parties.
Preparations for the legislative elections were overshadowed by protests and security crackdowns.
It is not clear if the attempted arrest of the dissident has anything to do with the elections.
There have been several arrests across Togo’s cities before Thursday’s vote. Opposition protesters have been demanding that President Faure Gnassingbe steps down.