Tension in Bawku: Gov’t calls for peace, authorises security agencies to intervene
Government has authorised security agencies to “take all necessary steps to ensure law and order are fully enforced” in Bawku following renewed chieftaincy clashes, while calling for a truce between the feuding factions.
A statement from the Ministry of Chieftaincy and Religious Affairs indicated that persons who breach the peace in the community will be “brought to book.”
The ministry further urged stakeholders to desist from actions and pronouncements that may escalate tensions and violence in the Bawku township.
On Monday, December 27, 2021, a renewed chieftaincy clash in Bawku led to the loss of lives and the destruction of property.
There had been sporadic gun shots prior in parts of the town during attempts to perform final funeral rites for a Chief who died about 41 years ago.
Consequently, a curfew was imposed on the township and a ban on smock wearing.
The matter of the Paramount Chief in Bawku was settled by the Supreme Court in April 2003.
Therefore, claims that Bawku does not have an overlord and attempts to install a new Bawku Naa run contrary to the already determined position by the Supreme Court.
“It is our expectation that all parties will abide by the decision of the Supreme Court and let peace prevail in Bawku. Government is resolved to ensure that persons holding offices legitimately are inhibited from performing their roles and functions.”
“All are strongly advised to respect the position of the law and act accordingly”, the statement cautioned.