The Upper East Regional Coordinating Council has placed a ban on the wearing of smocks in Bawku with immediate effect. The Regional Minister, Stephen Yakubu signed a press release indicating that the order was taken in consultation with the Upper East Regional Security Council (REGSEC).
The imposition of the ban of the wearing of smocks in the Region is to curb the use of the smocks by “criminals and unscrupulous elements to hide arms and ammunition and attack opponents or innocent civilians”.
Here is the full statement of the press release; “Following the decision taken by REGSEC during the emergency meeting, the wearing of smock in Bawku Township has been banned with immediate effect. This was necessitated by the fact that criminals or unscrupulous elements hide arms and ammunition in smocks and attack opponents or innocent civilians,”
The ministry of interior earlier through a press statement placed a curfew on the people of Bawku after gunshots were fired on Tuesday, it would appear stiffer measures will now have to be adopted to arrest the situation before matters get out of hand in the region.
“Government calls on the Chiefs, Elders, Opinion Leaders, Youth and people of the area to exercise restraint in the face of the challenges confronting them as well as to use non-violent means to channel their energies into ensuring peace,” the Minister for Interior, Ambrose Dery said.
The curfew took effect from 4:00pm to 6:00am Wednesday 24th November, 2021.