BAWKU TO EXPLODE IN 2020 ELECTIONS? Mahama Ayariga, Hawa Yakubu, Adamu Sakande ‘ghosts’ to pop up Featured

Intelligence reports reaching the Daily Statesman indicate that unless political stakeholders, like the Regional Security Council (REGSEC), effectively coordinate their activities and develop proactive security strategies, Bawku may go up in flames in the heat of the 2020 campaign and elections.

Worse still is the likelihood of the invasion of the turf by extremist mercenaries from neighbouring countries, who have relations in Bawku and may be tempted to wade into the explosion, our sources have expressed these concerns.

“We don’t have to wait till the campaign before we begin sounding notice that vigilantism is still lawless. We have to begin monitoring the loyal and extremist forces on both sides,” a youth association source cautioned.

Triggers

Our very reliable sources, including youth association leaders in Bawku and discreet vigilantes, have told us that the sparks lightly to trigger the explosion include the inconclusive handling of the 2004 political conflict, in which the late Hawa Yakubu was bundled out of the constituency amidst the blazing of guns.

Another is the rife suspicions that the governing New Patriotic Party has an agenda to use legal processes to stampede Mahama Ayariga out of the 2020 political equation, hence his ongoing prosecution.

The third, which is similarly based on suspicions, we are told, is the alleged “legal stampeding” of the former NPP MP for the area, Adamu Dramani Sakande, by the Mahama administration.

Indifference

Since the 2004 shooting incident, no arrests have been made, neither have illegal weapons been flushed out and impounded. As in most of such political cases, both political and police chiefs tend to close dockets on clearly criminal issues, allowing the simmering conflicts to go underground, only to await a criminal vent later on.

The last cache of arms seized by police from Accra were intended for the northern regions, a ready market for illegal weapons, with the guiltiest carriers being nomadic Fulani herdsmen in charge of cattle belonging to a segment of the northern political paymasters.

Deception

According to our discreet UDS sources, including a couple of academic staff, “beneath the current veneer of deceptive and seeming peace in Bawku is an undercurrent of vigilantes on both sides sizing each other up.”

“Worse still is the fact that they are developing quiet strategies behind the sleepy eyes of the security agencies.
“That we have outlawed vigilantism is not an excuse not to go on a weapons search or abandon prosecution of vigilantes who have been mired in clear cases of violence across the country since 2000,” one of them told the Daily statesman.

Lingering disaster

In 2004, when the elections in Bawku turned violent, the victim were the aged, women and children – with some of them on donkey caravans, trekking to Zebilla and border town Naamong into Burkina Faso.

Others trudged wearily into Northern Togo and Benin, as refugees, until the situation normalised.

Since the last 400 years or so, Bawku has been a regional trade hub, husbanding floating populations from various communities in the sub-region, with a sizeable chunk of Bawku’s residents having Burkinabe or other ancestry.

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