Claims that the Ghana Armed Forces were involved in any misconduct or illegal activities in Bawku have been officially refuted.
The military has responded to the allegations and denied them, reiterating that it is dedicated to responsibility, openness, and following the law.
The GAF reassured the public in a news release dated January 20 that it is steadfastly committed to defending its citizens.
GAF is “therefore imploring the support of all peace-loving Ghanaians, especially the good people of Bawku to facilitate the process of bringing lasting peace to the area and also to aid GAF and sister security agencies in de-escalating tension in the interest of peace, security and socioeconomic development of Bawku and the nation in general.”
Brigadier General E. Aggrey-Quashie, the Director of Public Affairs, signed the news release.
“It is also alleged that the assailants were initially held in custody by own troops and subsequently executed. It was further suggested that the Missiga Assemblyman personally approached the Bawku Detachment at about 1930hrs to negotiate the release of the deceased assailants. GAF wishes to categorically state that these allegations are false and unfounded.”
“The AK-47 rifle with serial number 81-1/13024074 inspected by Bawku Divisional Police personnel is currently in its own custody. In as much as GAF regrets the demise of the assailants, the escalating violence in the Bawku general area is unfortunate.”
GAF said, “Reports from 11 Mechanised Battalion deployed in Bawku indicate that factions to the conflict appear to have resumed escalation of violence with fatal consequences. The current streak of violence began on Friday 12 January 2024 at about 1455hrs with the murder of one Issah Halidu, a 40-year-old Mamprusi
The Ghanaian Armed Forces reaffirmed their dedication to protecting the fundamental rights of human rights and the inherent worth of every person.
They underlined that all actions they take while performing their duties are constrained by rigorous adherence to legal frameworks and regulations, with an emphasis on safeguarding the public’s safety and rights.
Bawku has been in the news recently because on Wednesday, January 17, two people died and four more were injured when unidentified gunmen opened fire on a gathering of people in the town’s community centre.