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Clash Between Military and Prison Officers in Bawku Leaves Three Injured

A clash between military personnel and officers of the Ghana Prisons Service in Bawku on April 24, 2024, resulted in three prison officers sustaining injuries, according to reports from the Daily Graphic.

The altercation began when military personnel requested the release of two individuals who sought refuge in a prison yard to evade arrest. These individuals had allegedly caused a disturbance during the official launch of the 40th-anniversary celebration of Bawku Naba at his palace. Seeking refuge, they fled to the prison yard along the Bawku main road.

Upon questioning by the prison officers on duty, a confrontation erupted between the two security agencies. During the altercation, three prison officers sustained gunshot injuries and were promptly transported to the hospital for medical attention.

Peace has since been restored in the area, with residents returning to their usual activities.

Recent Violence in Bawku

This incident adds to a series of violent events that have plagued Bawku in recent times. On Wednesday, January 17, 2024, unidentified gunmen attacked and killed two individuals in the township, targeting tricycle operators near the Bawku Community Centre. Former President John Mahama expressed sadness over the fatalities and urged the army to collaborate with the police to ensure safety and security in Bawku.

The conflict in Bawku, which has deep roots in a chieftaincy dispute between the Kusasis and Mamprusi, has seen recurring violence over the years. In May 2023, an immigration officer was killed by unidentified assailants, leading to a significant deployment of soldiers to the town. Furthermore, tensions in the area forced the Electoral Commission to suspend the limited voter registration exercise in Bawku, Upper East Region.

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Suspected Jihadist Activities in Bawku

In a separate report by YEN.com.gh, the Upper East region minister, Stephen Yakubu, raised concerns about suspected jihadist movements in Bawku. Yakubu suggested that these activities may be contributing to the escalating conflict in the region. Bawku has long been plagued by conflict, resulting in loss of life and displacement of residents, with fears that jihadist infiltration may exacerbate the situation further.

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