Bawku: Curfew remains in force until peace and security prevail – Interior Minister

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Curfew imposed on Bawku and its environs in the Upper East Region will remain in force until peace and security prevail, the Interior Minister, Ambrose Dery has said.

According to him, the decision is based on the fact that the chaos in the region has affected development in the area where schools, health facilities and other public facilities have been closed down.

His comment follows calls for the government to lift the age-old curfew on the community.

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A group calling itself Kusasi Youth Movement (KYM), for instance, demanded that the curfew be immediately lifted because it has worsened the plights of the residents of the area.

“It is very bad and affecting us seriously, this is one of the poorest security measures. As I’ve said, during curfews the worse crimes are committed because when you want to record the worst of killings and attacks and the looting of stores, it is during curfew.

“I wonder how a curfew can solve this problem,” the chairman of the Kusasi Youth Movement, Haruna Abugri said.

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But the Minister, in his reaction to the calls, said the bans will be lifted if peace is restored to the community.

“If you give us peace, we will see how we will review the curfew in the next few weeks, but if you tell us the only thing you know is war, we will increase it,” Mr Ambrose Dery said.

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