The Ghana Armed Forces (GAF) have refuted claims made by some residents of Bawku that troops sent in as part of Operation Gongong to reestablish calm in the region are killing innocent Kusasi women and children in their homes and communities.
They also claim that military personnel have taken control of Zoogin, a Kusasi community. GAF wants to make it clear that these accusations are untrue and unsupported.
1. According to information received from the National Investigations Bureau (NIB) by the GAF’s Operation Gongong Team early this week, passengers on board a yellow KIA Grand Bird Bus, Registration Number AS 3672-21, travelling from Accra to Missiga were attacked by unknown gunmen near Kpawelga on the Bawku Highways. The gunmen opened fire inside the car’s engine compartment and tyres. At Asylum Down, Bawku Divisional Police Station, the bus is currently packed in preparation for an investigation.
2. Additionally, one KIA Rhino truck with the licence plate AS 7093-17 was struck, and the driver, Alhassan Abdella, a 40-year-old member of the Gonja tribe, was shot in the left foot. At the moment, he is receiving care at the Bawku Presbyterian Medical Center.
3. On February 1st, 2023, shots were fired once more in the vicinity of South Natinga in Bawku. Abdul Malik Haruna, a 35-year-old suspect from the Mamprusi tribe, was arrested after a Patrol Team hastened to the shooting area. He was subsequently turned over to the Bawku Police for additional inquiry.
4. It must also be placed on record that based on a tip off by the Bawku Police on the hideout of the suspects alleged to be involved in the firing incident at Bawku, troops conducted cordon and search operations, together with Bawku Police at Pateleme General Area.
Three suspects, Fatau Alhassan Binda, aged 42, Abubakar Iddrisu, aged 44 and Alhassan Mustapha Binda, aged 33, all from the Dagomba tribe were arrested in a house at Pateleme. They were handed over to the Bawku Police for further investigations.
6. In a separate incident, intermittent gunfire was heard in the vicinity of Sabongari General Area. Unknown armed men were seen at the Gozesi-Valley side in Sabongari by a Patrol Team sent to assess the situation. They were wearing black T-shirts and black hoodies. Six (6) armed men were taken out by troops after they engaged them.
The Team was engaged by a group of armed men who had taken cover in a nearby mud hut during the engagement. One of the armed men made an attempt to use a cutlass to attack soldiers but was subsequently disarmed.
A local woman who was found during the operation with a gunshot wound to her left hand was taken for medical attention to Bawku Presbyterian Hospital by some troops.
Following these incidents and the unfounded claims that have been circulated, it has become necessary for GAF to make these findings public in order to refute untrue reports and the incorrect assumption that a specific group has been targeting troops in Bawku.
As a result, the Ghana Armed Forces want to reaffirm to the public their dedication to protecting the citizenry at all times.
It is, therefore, appealing to all peace-loving Ghanaians, particularly Bawku indigenes, to help facilitate the process of restoring normalcy in the area and to assist GAF in de-escalating tensions in the interest of the much-needed peace and security for the socio-economic development of Bawku and the nation as a whole.
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