9 Dead In Fresh Bawku Clash
Nine Persons have been killed in renewed clashes between feuding factions at Bawku in the Upper East Region. The clash, which took place Sunday and Monday, have pushed other persons into critical health conditions, even though it is not clear what might have led to the latest turmoil. Residents believe it may have been
triggered by the pending misunderstanding and periodic violent clashes in the area over the years. On Sunday, there was an exchange of gun fire, which damaged a transformer and caused power outage in the area. It took the support of the security agencies in the area to protect the staff of NEDCo as they worked to
repair a damaged transformer and to restore power to affected areas. Currently, electricity power has been restored to areas that had their power cut off in Bawku. The Upper East Regional Area Manager for the Northern Electricity Distribution Company (NEDCo), Eugene Addo, made this known. Some residents who spoke to media
in Bawku said they are living in fear, as they do not know why the deceased persons were killed on Sunday and Monday, and also, do not know when anyone may be hit by a stray bullet. “I have been indoors with my family; we can’t go out, you can’t tell if you are a target or not. You may also be hit by a stray bullet. It is a bad situation
and I pray that it stops, so that we can all be free and for our children to develop freely,” a resident who spoke on condition of anonymity to said. From the beginning of 2022, teachers and many government workers have been transferred from the Bawku Municipality, thereby reducing the number of very important workforce in the area.
There are still a large number that are also seeking transfers from various schools and health facilities. Other residents say the situation has affected their businesses and caused many to lose their jobs because their employers folded up and run away from the frequent violent clashes and killings in the area.