Ketu South assured of peace following Peace Council visit

Residents of Ketu South municipality have been urged to go about their daily duties “without fear”. This followed a meeting by the Volta Regional Peace Council with authorities, local and traditional. The Council paid a visit to the municipality on Tuesday, June 30 following concerns raised about the presence of security officers in the border town. The presence of the joint security team has generated agitation among the residents, some of whom have threatened to retaliate in case of attack by any security officer. The Minister of Defence, Dominic Nitiwul, had told the nation last Monday that the security officers have been stationed not only in the Volta Region but in all other border regions as a result of heightened surveillance at the borders. Mr Nitiwul said even the south, bordered by the Atlantic Ocean, has seen security officers discharging their duties. But the presence in the Volta Region, according to some residents, is a tacit attempt by central government to intimidate them from taking part in the new voter registration exercise. The Volta Caucus in Parliament, led by Chairman Emmanuel Bedzrah of Ho West Constituency, warned of reprisal attacks, confirming suspicion by the people. But the Regional Peace Council said it has the assurance of the Chairman of the Ketu South Municipal Security Council and, indeed, heads of all the security agencies that “the security personnel deployed on the ground will adhere to the highest professional ethos in the discharge of their respective mandates”. In a statement issued on Wednesday, July 1, the Peace Council called on residents within the municipality to go about their daily chores, particularly going to register for the December 7 elections, “without fear”. The residents have also been told to report any act by any duty bearer that they may deem to be an infringement of their rights to the appropriate quarters for redress. The meeting by the Peace Council involved but not limited to the Paramount Chief of Aflao Traditional Area, Torgbui Fiti V, the Municipal Chief Executive, Edem Elliot Agbenorwu, and heads of the security agencies in the municipality.

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