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Adopt a more professional touch, not brutal force in restoring calm to Garu – UE/R Peace C’cil, Catholic Diocese to GAF, Nat’l security

The Upper East Regional Peace Council and the Catholic Diocese of Navrongo-Bolgatanga have expressed concern over the recent events in Garu, where the military reportedly subjected civilians to brutal treatment. 

In a joint statement on Tuesday, 31 October 2023, the Upper East Regional Peace Council and the Catholic Diocese of Navrongo-Bolgatanga condemned these acts of brutality and extended their solidarity to those affected by these actions.

 The two organisations fear that if not handled appropriately, this situation could hinder the necessary cooperation between residents and security personnel in addressing violent extremism.

The organisations called on the government to initiate an independent investigation into the incidents involving National Intelligence personnel and Garu’s youth, as well as the military and local youth.

They urged the government to provide immediate medical attention to those injured and ensure the safety of those arrested.

The Upper East Regional Peace Council and the Catholic Diocese called on the Ministry of National Security and the Ghana Armed Forces to adopt a more professional and less brutal approach to restoring security and peace. 

“We call on the Ministry of National Security and the Ghana Armed Forces to ensure that their approach to restoring security and peace has a more professional touch and not the use of brutal force so that in the course of their work the dignity of the human person is always respected,” the statement noted.

The organisations further called on the people of Garu and its environs to be law-abiding citizens and to “respect the state security apparatus that has been put in place to protect everybody.”

They also urged civil society and peace actors to actively participate in matters related to safety and security in the region, emphasizing the importance of collective and collaborative efforts to restore peace.

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