The Minority Leader, Haruna Iddrisu is lamenting the deteriorating security situation in Bawku, Upper East region.

According to him, government and the security agencies should endeavour not to take the protracted conflict in that part of the country very lightly.

The renewed chieftaincy clash in Bawku has led to the loss of several lives and the destruction of property.

The conflict resurfaced some few weeks ago after sporadic shootings in parts of the town following attempts to perform final funeral rites for a Chief who died about 41 years ago.

It had also placed a total ban on all persons in the afore-mentioned communities and their environs from carrying arms, ammunition or any offensive weapons.

This resulted in a curfew being placed on the entire township and a ban on smock wearing, the REGSEC in the area explained that “This was necessitated by the fact that criminals or unscrupulous elements hide arms and ammunitions in smock and attack opponents or innocent civilians.”

On the floor of Parliament today, Tuesday, February 2, 2022, the Tamale South MP brought the conflict before the attention of the House and narrated how frightened he was by what he saw in the area during his last visit.

Hon Haruna Iddrisu

“…Let’s not take the matter in Bawku lightly, on two occasions I was asked that I can’t enter here or go there. That is the extent of the heat manifesting in excessive arms in wrong hands and citizens are just sitting across, not relating to each other as they used to. Driving back, I have been frightened by the deteriorating situation in Bawku, it must receive the necessary and urgent attention from the Minister of Interior and probably for National Security,” Haruna Iddrisu said.


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