Member of Parliament of Bawku Central, Mahama Ayariga has condemned the attack on personnel of the Ghana Immigration Service(GIS) which occurred on Monday, April 3, 2023.
In a press release, the legislator said it was worrying that people would be killed in their line of duty.
He, however, assured that an inquiry will be conducted into the matter.
“This is most reprehensible and should not be repeated again. An investigation into the matter must be conducted and the perpetrators brought to book,” the April 4 release read.
Mr Ayariga also expressed his condolence to the family of the deceased and seized the opportunity to urge the government not to relent in its effort to restore peace and tranquility to the community.
“Let me on behalf of the people of Bawku express our sincere condolences to the families of the deceased security personnel and extend our prayers to the wounded. I urge the government to be proactive in advancing a lasting peace process in Bawku,” portions of the statement read.
Additionally, the release gave an account of the circumstances leading to the death of the said security personnel.
“On 3rd April 2023 at about 2000hrs, Three(3) immigration officers; Asst. Inspt. Philip Motey station at Missiga, Asst. Inspt. Lawrence Afari station at Kulungugu and Asst. Inspt. Eric Ayidiya of Pulimakom border post were shot by unknown gunmen in front of Bawku Police station.
“They were in their private car to town to buy food when the incident happened. They were rushed to Bawku Presbyterian Hospital but Philip Motey was confirmed dead whiles the other two sustained gunshots injuries and are in critical condition. Eric Ayidiya was transferred to Tamale Teaching Hospital yesterday but Lawrence Afari is still at Bawku Presbyterian Hospital.
“Both officers are currently responding to treatment. Meanwhile, the body of Philip Motey is still at Bawku Presbyterian Hospital,” it added.
Bawku violence has been lingering for months with several stakeholders calling for a resolution to the disturbances.
Notable amongst them is a group of 11 concerned Civil Society Organisations (CSOs).
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