Research is underway in this region located in the southwestern part of the country.
Father Rodrigue Sanon serves in the parish of Notre-Dame de Soubaganyedougou. According to the bishop of Banfora, this priest has been missing since Tuesday morning. He had left his home for Banfora “to attend a meeting, but he never arrived at his destination”, indicates a press release from the archdiocese, which immediately warned the authorities.
Since yesterday, police and the gendarmerie have been combing this area close to the border of Ivory Coast. As the borders are porous, the sub-regional authorities have also been warned. According to a security source, the priest’s car was found on the axis leading to Banfora. The vehicle was empty. It is not damaged, this source indicates.
According to a local journalist, the Dozo community would also have been called upon to help them control the classified forest where the parish priest is missing.
Although the hypothesis of abduction from armed groups is possible, all avenues are currently being considered.