Security Council warns Bawku residents against violence

The Upper East Regional Security Council (REGSEC), in collaboration with the Bawku Municipal Security Council (MUSEC), has said it would have no alternative than to impose more stringent measures if the people of Bawku did not desist from acts of violence.

Among these measures would be to re-impose the six-to-six curfew and complete ban on motor riding in the municipality and its environs among others among others.

This came up at a two-hour joint REGSEC and MUSEC meeting in Bawku to address the recent burning of houses and properties belonging to either NPP or NDC supporters.

They appealed to the people of Bawku to be circumspect with their dealings in order not to bring back acts of violence to attract severer measures.

Briefing the media later, the Upper Regional Minister who is also the Chairman for REGSEC Mr. Mark Woyongo said 14 arson cases were recorded in the Municipality and all were politically motivated.

He said nine suspects are in police custody and four are on trial.

Mr. Woyongo said REGSEC had noted that people who were involved in the disturbances used sophisticated weapons that include submachine guns,  AK47 and G3.

He appealed to the people in the area to assist and volunteer information to the security agencies that would lead to the arrest of people who continuously make Bawku unsafe.

Mr Woyongo said REGSEC was putting plans in place to request for logistics from National Security Council for more personnel and materials and commended security personnel on the ground for their efforts at maintaining peace.

Mr. Woyongo and the team visited the homes of the arson victims and assured them of efforts being made to bring the perpetrators to book.

Bawku Naba Zug-rana Abugrago Asigri Azoka II said the creation of political pavilions was the root cause of the recent crises in the area and called for the need to remove those structures.

He said supporters of political parties go to sit under those pavilions to insult one another and that led to fights and appealed to the government to create more jobs for the unemployed youth.

Mr. Woyongo assured the chief and people in the area of government’s commitment to provide jobs for the people under the Savanna Accelerated Development Authority (SADA) projects.

Source: GNA

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