President Akufo-Addo says the conflict in Bawku in the Upper East region has turned the area into a wasteland of destruction and distrust.

According to him, government is subsequently spending money and resources which could have been used to develop the area on security to prevent more killings.

Speaking on the floor of Parliament during the State of the Nation Address (SONA) on Tuesday, February 27, President Akufo-Addo stated that Bawku is an “alluring magnet to mischief makers and extremists operating a few kilometers across from the border”.

He explained that in a bid to find a lasting solution to the conflict in Bawku, government has undertaken a number of measures, including the establishment of a Special Bawku Taskforce, while intensifying engagements with the various fractions.

“On the recommendation of the Upper East Regional and National Security Councils, four (4) radio stations, that have been broadcasting incendiary language and propagating hate speech, have been shut down by the National Communications Authority.

“The Chief Justice has also recently established specialised Courts in Accra and in Kumasi to deal expeditiously with criminal matters emanating from the Bawku conflict,” he said.

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