Friday, August 21, 2009


by: Bismarck Nii Ogbamey Tetteh
TWO PERSONS are reported dead in the Bawku municipality in the Upper East Region as a result of sporadic gun shots in the area on Thursday 20th August at about 7:45pm. The killing of the two including the fifty-five year old fire service man, Fataw Mahama has since not been linked to the conflict in the area neither has it been linked to the presence of the presidential spoke person Mahama Ayriga, but some residents who spoke to Daily Guide said they suspect that it was as a result of a latent and anxiety which has engulfed the municipality since the court started hearing the case of the sitting member of parliament for Bawku central Drahamani Adamu. Some residents also suspect that Mr. Ayriga’s to and fro movement in the municipality and some recent comment and promises he has been making at some ‘small-small’ gatherings might have contributed to the tension which inflamed some passions in the area. The other person killed was Abdul Geniru, a thirty year old man. One old man also sustained gun shot injuries and a young lady was also hit by a stray bullet.
So far thirty three suspected persons have been arrested from the Ntinga and Sabongari areas, since the incidents happened around these areas. Eye witnesses said that the alleged gun men after shooting at the Ntinga area were seen running towards the Sabongariarea. Security expects in the Bawku municipality believe that the gun men took advantage of the rain and thunder strike on Thursday night to commit the crime. The police are still investigating the matter and question the thirty three suspected person s to get the reason and the persons behind the latest killings.
Earlier this week, the former member parliament for Bawku West and Legal practitioner, John Ndebugri had advised President Mills through media report to caution his spokesperson Mahama Ayriga to desist from moving round the municipality in the presence of heavy security as thou he was on official assignment. He also advised the Presidential spokesperson to desist from confusing the people of the area that there will be a bye-election , adding that it takes the Electoral Commission to declare a bye-election, should the court disqualify Drahamani Adamu from holding himself as Member of Parliament.
However calm has since returned to the area a day after the incidence.

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