Gov’t beefs up security in Bawku over Jihadist attack

The Upper East regional minister, Stephen Yakubu, has said security has been beefed up in Bawku especially along the border over suspected Jihadists’ attack which has resulted in the death of twelve persons and a few others abducted.

The incident occurred on Sunday January 30.

Confirming the news to TV3, Supt Simon Peter Akabati, Bawku Divisional Police Commander “I have seen few more Military, not to do with the Bawku conflict but Jihadist or the terrorists filtration from neighbuoring countries. So I think these Military can help us to patrol our borders to avoid them from coming to disturb our peace,”

Speaking on this development in an interview on the mid day news on 3FM Tuesday February 1, the Regional Minister, Stephen Yakubu said “The border situation is something that we are very aware of it , we are keeping a very close eye on what is going on. Government has put a lot of resources in this region because of border control even before the coup d’état because of this Jihadist.

“So, now they are even more aware of what is going on. Recently, we had some problems across the border and then we have people coming. Just to put the records straight, those who came in are actually Ghanaians, my understanding is that they are women, their husbands were working across the border and they came in.

“So, in terms of border control government has put a lot of resources together, they have a lot of troops on the grounds, intelligence has also been hyped up, we are monitoring.

“We are also sensitizing the citizens along the borders so that they will be able to tell us any untoward things that is being done around along the border areas.”

The affected community is not far from Kulungungu near Pusiga and Sapeliga in the Bawku West Districts.

An eyewitness account suggests some residents of Wariwewu, crossed the border to Kulungugu and Sapeliga

Military helicopters have been seen in the area, especially Sapeliga and Pulmakom whiles ground troupes are also in vantage points monitoring the situation.

Sources say there are currently heavy security deployment at Sapeliga, Kulungungu and Pulmako, at the upper east border on surveillance.

a number of armour vehicles are currently on patrols at the sapeliga township and all unapproved routes in the bawku west district and other border towns.

Meanwhile, the Zugraana of the Kusaug traditional area, Naba Asigri Abugrago Azoka II, has urged all people in the area to promptly report any suspicious movement to their traditional areas to the security agencies.


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