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10.01.2008 General News

9 Weapons Siezed In Bawku

By Abdul Karim Naatogmah, Bawku - newtimesonline.com
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NINE sophisticated weapons have been retrieved from some people arrested in connection with the Bawku crisis. They consist of SMG rifle, four AK 47 rifles and four pistols.

Deputy Commissioner of Police (DCOP) Mensah Ofosu-Gyeabour, Upper East Regional Commander of the Ghana Police Service, disclosed this to a high powered government delegation currently in the Bawku area to assess the situation there.

A curfew has been imposed on the Baw-ku municipal area, Zabugu and Garu townships following the disturbances.

DCOP Ofosu-Gyea-bour told the delegation, led by the Interior Minister, Kwame-na Bartels, that despite the brisk commercial activities in the town, intelligence reports indicate that tension still persists between the Mam-prusis and Kusassis.

About 350 men and 15 officers drawn from the various security agencies countrywide have been deployed in the Bawku area.

Addressing the people later, Mr Bartels appealed to the traditional rulers to advise their people to stop the fighting and instead unite to bring lasting peace to Bawku.

Lieutenant Colonel Irvine Aryeetey, Commander in-charge of Northern Operations of the Ghana Airborne Force, said the joint military – police operation code-named, 'Operation Calm Life, Bawku Crisis,' would remain until total peace returned to the area.

Both Mr Albert Kan-Dapaah, Defence Minister and Major General S.A. Odotei, the Chief of Army Staff, assured the security personnel on the ground of the government’s commitment to providing them with all their logistical needs to facilitate their operations.

They however advised the security personnel to remain neutral and vigilant to ensure early return of peace to the area.

The traditional leaders commended the government for responding to the situation and promised to cooperate with all the stakeholders to ensure peace, unity and tranquility.

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