Interior Minister renews curfew hours imposed on Bawku

Interior Minister

The Minister for the Interior, Ambrose Dery, has by Executive Instrument renewed the curfew hours imposed on Bawku Municipality and its environs in the Upper East Region.

The curfew now starts from 8:00 pm to 5:00 am effective Wednesday, May 11, 2022.

“Government calls on Chiefs, Elders, Opinion Leaders, Youth and people of the area to exercise restraint in the face of the challenges confronting them as well as to use non-violent means to channel their energies into ensuring peace,” a statement issued by the Ministry said on Wednesday May 11.

It added “Meanwhile, there is a total ban on all persons in the afore-mentioned communities and their environs from carrying arms, ammunition or any offensive weapon and any persons found with any arms or ammunition will be arrested and prosecuted.  “

The Bawku Municipal Police Command earlier called on the government to buy back illegal guns in the possessions of civilians in Bawku and its environs in the Upper East Region.

This follows the latest sporadic shootings occurred on Monday, May 9, 2022, which has led to the death of four people, three males and a female.

The Bawku Municipal Police Commander, Superintendent Simon Peter Akabati, told Sunrise on 3FM on Wednesday hosted by Alfred Ocanseythat “we want government intervention to buy the arms”.

“That could solve the situation, or if you bring your arm, we will employ you. That is more comforting than just giving them the money”.

Supt Akabati explained that “we are still investigating because we don’t understand why these things happening”.

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For now it is very difficult to tell what brought the attack. “We suspect it could be a reprisal attack and four people killed; three males and one female”.

The commander said “five people have been arrested and we are arranging them before court this morning”.

By Laud Nartey||Ghana