National Democratic Congress (NDC) flagbearer and former president, John Dramani Mahama, has spoken on the recent disturbance in the Bawku Municipality which has claimed the lives of three young men.
On Friday, January 19, reports stated that a group of approximately fifteen soldiers had captured some young men at Sabongari, taken them to an unidentified place, tortured and killed them.
Following this reportage, the Ghana Armed Forces released a statement to deny reports of civilians being killed in Bawku.
The military responded to the allegations and denied them, reiterating that it is dedicated to responsibility, openness, and following the law.
John Mahama took to his X (formerly Twitter) page to express his dissatisfaction with the recent development in the Bawku Municipality involving the Ghana Armed Forces as well.
He wrote, “I am deeply saddened and disturbed by recent developments in the Bawku municipality and the killing of three men, as confirmed by soldiers from the Ghana Armed Forces.”
Mr. Mahama called on the military to work together with the Police as one team to provide peace, safety and security in the Bawku municipality and across the nation.
“While I recognise that our security services face the difficult task of securing peace in the Bawku area, the military must work hand in hand with the police to provide safety and security in the Bawku municipality and across the nation,” the former president added.
“As a former Commander in Chief of the Armed Forces, I urge the military personnel to remember their duty to protect the people and uphold the peace,” the NDC flagbearer reminded the military.
I am deeply saddened and disturbed by recent developments in the Bawku municipality and the killing of three men, as confirmed by soldiers from the Ghana Armed Forces.
While I recognise that our security services face the difficult task of securing peace in the Bawku area, the…
— John Dramani Mahama (@JDMahama) January 21, 2024
In a related news, the GAF reassured the public in a press release dated January 20 that it is steadfastly committed to defending its citizens.
Ghana Armed Forces is “therefore imploring the support of all peace-loving Ghanaians, especially the good people of Bawku to facilitate the process of bringing lasting peace to the area and also to aid GAF and sister security agencies in de-escalating tension in the interest of peace, security and socioeconomic development of Bawku and the nation in general.”