Defence Minister Assesses Security Situation In Bimbilla

MARK WOYONGO MIN. OF DEFENCE (6)The Minister of Defence, Mark Owen Woyongo, has expressed worry about the influx of sophisticated weapons into the north and challenged the security agencies to map out strategies to halt it.

“We’ve had worrying information about guns that are coming into northern Ghana from the south and neighboring countries such as Togo, Burkina Faso and Cote d’Ivoire,” he lamented and implored the security agencies to make sure that all vehicles entering the regions were thoroughly searched, particularly in conflicts areas.

He was briefing the press here yesterday after visiting Bimbilla on Monday to assess the security situation in the area following the murder of the overlord of Nanumba traditional area, Naa Dasana Andani, last Thursday.

Mr. Woyongo attributed some of the killings and other atrocities with little provocation in the northern part of the country to the influx of the arms in the area.

A gang numbering about 30 in police and military uniforms last Thursday besieged the chief’s palace at about 7am and murdered the chief and four others.

The chief was said to be praying when the gang attacked and shot him dead instantly on his prayer mat.

So far 17 people included the DCE for the area and the District Police Commander have been arrested in connection with the murder and have since been transferred to Accra to assist in police investigations.  Mr. Woyongo condemned the horrific act assuring that government would go after the perpetrators and bring them to book.

“Wherever the perpetrators are, they will be arrested and made to face the full rigorous of the law,” he stated.

The minister, however, urged the residents to volunteer information that would lead to the arrest of the perpetrators to the security agencies on the ground. From: Yakubu Abdul-Majeed, Tamale.

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