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Bawku Clashes: Nat’l Security Minister, Defence, Interior ministers summoned

The First Deputy Speaker of Parliament, Joseph Osei Owusu, has summoned the National Security Minister to testify before the House on the security situation in Bawku, in the Upper East Region, as soon as possible.

Albert Kan Dapaah, together with the ministers of defense and interior, Dominic Aduna Bingab Nitiwul and Ambrose Dery, are anticipated to present.

The ministers will give the House an update on the recent confrontations in Bawku.

The scenario is said to be extremely combustible, with the potential to devolve into terrorism.

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On Monday, March 15, a horse trader was shot and killed while on his way to Widana to return one of his horses in odd circumstances.

The next day, confrontations erupted in the town, which has been under curfew for some time.

On Wednesday morning, some military officers from the 11th Mechanized Infantry Battalion, based in Bolgatanga, the seat of the Upper East Region, went to the town to ostensibly maintain law and order.

Conflicts erupted as a result of their presence, with nine people killed and three badly injured.

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The injured officers were sent to Accra’s 37 Military Hospital for additional treatment.

Haruna Iddrisu, the Upper West Region’s Minority Leader, has described the situation in the town as a ticking time bomb, urging authorities to take it more seriously.

Mr Osei Owusu, who was presiding over the sessions in Parliament on Thursday, requested that the National Security Minister come to answer urgent concerns about what is going on in the border town.

However, Minority Chief Whip Alhaji Muntaka Mohammed Mubarak requested that the Defence Minister and the Interior Minister, both of whom are members of Parliament, be included in the list of those briefing legislators on the situation in Bawku.

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A unified security force has been dispatched to the town.

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