More boots are being put in Bawku as the government moves to stop the senseless shootings that have sent terrified residents fleeing in droves from the area to save their lives.
Ambrose Dery, the Interior Minister, has vowed to bring a closure to the insecurity.
They are going to robustly and decisively deal with the 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.
The Minister says “there is a collaborative effort among the armed forces, the police, the immigration service and the other security agencies.
There is also the Northern Security Border Project that is meant to fortify our security at those borders.”
This comes after Amadu Hamza, the Municipal Chief Executive (MCE) for Bawku, has made a desperate call to the National Security to act decisively to stop the dangerous security situation from spiraling out of control.
He has cast the situation as extremely scary with people brazenly displaying guns and ammo.
Bawku, he adds, is imploding with teachers, nurses and the residents fleeing the place in droves to save their lives.
The plea of the MCE came on the heels of a daring gun attack on soldiers, who had gone to carry out an operation at Barbari-Buabula, a suburb of the town, in the early hours of Wednesday, March 16, 2022.
Three soldiers got hurt in the firefight with the residents. One person was killed and two others (all of them civilians suffered gunshot wounds), when the soldiers came under a hail of bullets and they returned fire.
The injured officers are with the 11th Mechanized Infantry Battalion at Bazua.
The incident came barely 24 hours after an 81-year old man had been shot and killed by unidentified gunmen and subsequent arrest and detention of 18 people by the police.
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