Ningo Prapram Member of Parliament Samuel Nartey George is asking why the Military cannot step into Bawku to deal with the conflict situation in that part of the country.
He is also wondering why President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo who is the Commander-In-Chief of the Armed Forces has not acted by ensuring that the military steps in to control the situation.
Speaking on the Big Issue on TV3 Wednesday, April 5 on the conflict situation in Bawku, the opposition lawmaker said “If you talk to people on the ground of Bawku, the caliber of weaponry on the grounds in Bawku, it is a war. How are they getting the weapons? How are they getting the ammunition? Who is resourcing that conflict in Bawku? These are the fundamental questions we must ask ourselves.
“How big is Bawku? What is the population of Bawku? Can’t our intelligence wing, be it National Security or NIB and all the amorphous institutions we have who terrorize citizens for no reason, they are telling us that they can’t identify, using intelligence, who the kingpins are behind this thing to pick them up?
“So now our military cannot step into Bawku and we say we have an army and our Commander in Chief doesn’t see that there is a problem here.”
One officer of the Ghana Immigration Service (GIS) was shot dead by unknown assailants in conflict-prone Bawku in the Upper East Region.
Two other officers are fighting for their lives at the Bawku Presbyterian Hospital, where they were rushed after the incident.
The three were attacked Monday night on their way to Missiga station.
It’s unclear what the motive of the attackers were but their action is said to be related to the protracted ethnic conflict in the area.
Civilians have been terrorised by gunmen who have been at the center of Kusasi-Mamprusi conflict.
The deceased officer has been identified as Philip Motey while the injured are Eric Ayibiya, 30, and Laurence Afri, 42.
Military presence have been beefed up in the town as the gunmen are chased.