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29.04.2005 General News

Ministers visit Aflao border

By GNA

Aflao, (V/R) April 29, GNA - Captain Nkrabea Effah-Dartey, Deputy Minister of the Interior on Friday asked communities along the Ghana-Togo border to avoid actions that could be termed as interference in the political process going on Togo.

He said they would be putting themselves at great risk if they reacted in any uncomplimentary form to political events happening across the frontier.

Captain Effah-Dartey said this when he and Mr Joseph Nayan, Deputy Volta Regional Minster, paid a visit to Aflao to assess the situation along the frontier in view of the troubled political situation in Togo. The entourage also included Dr K.K Marfo, Deputy Inspector-General of Police, Operations, officials of the UN Refugee Agency, Mr Linus Koffie, Ketu District Chief Executive (DCE) and commanders of security agencies in Aflao.

The entourage visited the three people, two girls and a man, on admission at the Aflao District Hospital, due to injuries sustained when Togolese soldiers on patrol fired shots across the frontier into a crowd of Ghanaians, for allegedly hooting at them.

The team also visited the beats and pillars, the demarcating points along the frontier and interacted with both Ghanaian and Togolese security personnel and some members of the Ghanaian community. "Try and live in peace with the Togolese, including the military, avoid hooting at them," Capt. Effah-Dartey stated.

He also appealed to Togolese security personnel along the frontier not to over react in their dealings with Ghanaian civilians but to report all grievances to inter-sectoral and governmental agencies for settlement.

Mr. Nayan also asked the people to avoid confrontation with the Togolese soldiers but rather report any wanton behaviour by the military to the Ketu District Security Committee for appropriate re-action. Mr Samuel Sackitey, Aflao District Police Commander, who is also the co-ordinator of the district's security task force told the team that things were under control.

The communities appealed for the provision of social amenities like water, roads and classrooms in their areas to minimise deprivation in the area.

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