The Upper East Regional Minister, Stephen Yakubu, has said that but for the proactiveness of the Regional Security Coordinating Council (REGSEC), the insecurity in Bawku would have been more severe.
The minister noted that the Security Council is working hard to ensure that security is watertight to safeguard the lives and property of residents.
Touching further on the violent clashes and insecurity, the Upper East Regional Minister stated that Bawku would have probably been in flames by now, with more troubling security issues if the regional security council had not been proactive.
Mr. Yakubu also called on natives of the Bawku Traditional Area to play active roles as good citizens and obey the rules and regulations as a measure to return the town to peace.
While urging residents to assist the police to combat crime and violence by reporting criminal elements and divulging information, he further warned that the security apparatus will deal with anyone flouting the laws or causing mayhem in the region.
Stephen Yakubu debunked claims that he is using knee-jerk measures as a response to the shooting incident that occurred on Sunday, January 23, 2022.
“And the people who know Bawku and its problems in the past know that we have been very proactive in dealing with this matter. What is true is that we are very serious and working very hard.”
A recent shooting incident resulted in the killing of some three people and a police officer, Constable Regina Angenu, while others sustained injuries.
As part of measures to return calm to Bawku, the Security Council banned the use of motorbikes in the town and the wearing of smocks, a measure that has come under severe criticism from some security experts.