The Upper East Regional Secretary of the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC), Donatus Akamugri Atanga, has expressed grave concern over what he describes as a growing insecurity in the region following the murder of the party’s former vice chairman and an attack on the its Binduri Constituency Chairman.
In an interview with Mark Smith on A1 Radio’s Daybreak Upper East show, Mr. Atanga said what even makes it more worrisome is the fact that no single individual has been arrested in connection with the gruesome murder.
This, coupled with the recent violent clashes between locals and members of the Fulbe community in different parts of the region is disturbing.
Mr. Akamugri bemoaned that while the party wants the police service to unravel the issue using its best professional conduct, there is a need for the police to speed up the investigation to arrest the culprits in order not to give an indication that one can commit heinous crimes such as this and go scott free.
Meanwhile, in a press statement dated September 7, 2023, and signed by the secretary, the party said it would not hesitate to embark on a demonstration to register its displeasure.
“We wish to add that the NDC will not hesitate to organise a regional demonstration involving all the municipalities and districts within the region in the coming weeks to register our displeasure if no immediate stringent efforts are made by the government to address the high rate of insecurity in our region.”
It emphasised that “the NDC as a party is getting worried about the abnormal and strange developments in the region as far as crime is concerned and therefore wishes to entreat the government to adopt swift and strategic measures to ensure the return of peace and stability in the region so as to pave way for the sporadic development of the region without hindrances.”
The party noted that the insecurity being experienced has the tendency to jeopardise the potential of the region, and the government must take immediate steps to address the situation.
“The region has great potential in terms of art and culture, farming, livestock production, and tourism, as well as large-scale commercial agriculture and industrialization. These rich potentials, however, suffer retardation as a result of these unwarranted insecurity situations, which the government needs to tackle relentlessly in order to salvage the good people of the Upper East Region from traumatic experiences in their lives,” it said.
Source: A1radioonline.com|101.1MHz|Gilbert Azeem Tiroog|Ghana