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Opinions Sun, 31 Aug 2014

The security Apparatus in Bawku-A new strategy beckons you

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from:Alhassan Hadi Azindow.Bawku

Recent happenings within the Bawku municipality cast their

shadows in what we should expect in the not too distant future.

A shift from the direct combat of fighting to the sinister and

overt killing of inhabitants calls for a new security strategy

that will respond in equal measure to these barbaric acts.

The purpose of this piece is not to indict the military or any

particular group of people but to offer insights, albeit in a small way

that will assist resolve this recurring conflict.

My perspective of the recent sporadic gunshots that resulted in the

death of three persons is that these killings have little to do with the

ethnic tension and everything to do with the increasing proliferation

of small arms in the hands of very few many youthful miscreants.

There has been a significant increase in the misuse of firearms by

civilians.

The reason could be attributed to the easy accessibility and

availability of these small arms. And as long as these arms become

easily available, the more they fall in civilian hands and the more

dangerous lives are endangered. I do not have the technical

expertise and evidence to show, in percentage terms, the number of

unlicensed firearms available to these assailants but the evidence of

our senses is enough to tell us that they are increasing each day and

out.

One would be tempted to ask why civilians would want to own a

firearm. The answer lies in the fact that people feel vulnerable and

are therefore arming themselves to fill the void left by the failure of

the security apparatus to protect them.

The idea is that possessing a weapon guarantees one of their safety

and security of their immediate family. This insecurity is as result of

the mistrust and a feeling of injustice by the affected communities

and the state security apparatus.

I would therefore, on the basis of what I have observed, call on our

hardworking security men to block the flow of these weapons by

whatever means possible and also attempt at building confidence

among themselves on one hand and the inhabitants of Bawku on the

other. They should also address the yawning disconnect of

communication between themselves and the people they are trained

to protect.

I pray for an enduring solution to the troubles of the business town

of Bawku and I also implore well meaning Ghanaian s to collectively

assist our security apparatus apprehend criminals.

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From: "ModernGhana.com"

Date: Mon, 25 Aug 2014 19:18:34 +0200

Subject: Re: The Security Apparatus In Bawku—A New Strategy Beckons You

To: azindowhadi29@gmail.com

Dear Author,

I wish to inform you that, The Security Apparatus In Bawku-A New

Strategy Beckons You is published.

http://www.modernghana.com/news/565626/1/the-security-apparatus-in-bawkua-new-strategy-beck.html

Best Regards

Editorial & Publishing Team

Website: www.modernghana.com

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Columnist: Azindow, Alhassan Hadi