A native of Bawku, resident at Zobiisi, a suburb of Bolgatanga, the Upper East Regional Capital, reported to be a key supplier of firearms and ammunition to combatants in the protracted Bawku conflict has been captured by the police.
Clifford Dinka was seized on the Tamale-Bolgatanga Highway right in the middle of selling a firearm to a customer.
He said the police acted on intelligence and seized from him an unmarked foreign made pistol. The suspected customer, however, managed to slip through.
ASP Finko-Okyere said he was now assisting police investigation and would be put before the court to answer a criminal charge of possessing firearms without authority as soon as they were done with their investigations.
The Mamprusis and the Kusasis continue to refuse to peacefully coexist in Bawku and would not pause the sporadic shootings in the town.
The latest round of shootings in the town left four people killed as the soldiers and police officers deployed to the place to restore calm, are struggling to get a firm handle of the security situation.
The five have been remanded into police custody by a Bolgatanga Circuit Court to give the police space to complete their investigation into the involvement of the five persons in the renewed fighting.
Ambrose Dery, the Interior Minister, had in March, this year vowed to bring a closure to the insecurity, the senseless killings.
He said they were going to robustly and decisively deal with situation. “For now, nobody is able to tell when the shootings take place and who is doing it, whether it a product of the ethnic conflict around chieftaincy or terror acts by extremists.
That is why firm action by the security agencies is required to get the situation under control.”
This was after Amadu Hamza, the Municipal Chief Executive (MCE), made a desperate call to the National Security to act decisively to stop the dangerous security situation from spiraling out of control.
He cast the situation as extremely scary with people brazenly displaying guns and ammo.
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