Bawku conflict: Military must ensure professionalism, says Ayariga

The Ghana Armed Forces (GAF) rejected claims that its personnel deployed to Bawku to restore calm have killed seven locals

Mahama Ayariga, the MP for Bawku Central has called on the military to maintain professionalism in keeping peace in troubled Bawku.

The once vibrant border town is caught up in a decades-long dispute between two rival communities that some experts worry could add to instability and allow jihadists opportunities to infiltrate Ghana.

The Ghana Armed Forces (GAF) has rejected claims that its personnel deployed to Bawku have killed seven locals.

“They can be ruthless when caught in the crossfire, but at the same time they are professionals, they are the ones that have the right to wield weapons and use them and so they have to be professional in the way they do their work,” Ayariga said on the Big Bulletin on Asaase 99.5 Accra on Thursday (23 February).

“So, they have to be professional, so when you heard me complaining, it is because at that moment I felt they had lost their professionalism and they need to be checking them,” he told the host Beatrice Adu.

Listen to Mahama Ayariga in the attached audio clip below:


Reporting by Fred Dzakpata in Accra


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