Bawku clashes: Two shot dead, three injured

Five individuals have been shot in separate incidents in Bawku leaving two dead and three others injured

At least two individuals have been shot dead in recent shootings in Bawku in the Upper East Region following renewed volatile security situation in the community.

Three others have sustained injuries, medical officials have told Asaase News.

Confirming the development to Asaase News on The Big Bulletin on Tuesday (11 January), Hamza Amadu, the Municipal Chief Executive of Bawku said the first victim died Monday evening whilst the second person passed away on Tuesday.

“We are yet to know the individuals who carried out these shootings and that’s why the police are into a full investigation to unravel the people behind these incidents. I don’t think this is an act of terrorism, it is definitely part of the conflict. With the incident that happened last night (10 January), two people were arrested and are currently in police custody,” Amadu stated.

New policy

Meanwhile, in a statement dated 10 January 2022, the Upper East Regional Security Council (REGSEC) said it has banned pillion riding involving men in the Bawku Municipality.

The new directive said men are barred from carrying their fellow men on the same motorcycle in the conflict zone.

Women, per the release issued, are, however, allowed to carry fellow women only on the same motorcycle.

The REGSEC added that the new directive has been enforced after a critical examination of the security situation in Bawku.

The security council recommended an increased presence of the security agencies in the township, especially, in suburbs such as the GOIL and Total filling stations areas.

Recently, the government through the ministry of interior imposed a curfew on Bawku Municipality and its environs.

The imposition followed advice from the Upper East Regional Security Council after recent threats of insecurity in the area.

In a statement, the minister called on the chiefs, elders, opinion leaders, youth and other citizens of Bawku and its environs to exercise restraint as the government works to settle differences to ensure peace.

Nicholas Brown

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