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Government has renewed its curfew at Bawku in the Upper East Region through an Executive Instrument.

In the latest directive, movement is expected to cease from 8 pm to 8 am daily, effective Wednesday, December 29.

This is to help restore calm in the Upper East regional capital.

“There is a total ban on all persons in the afore-mentioned communities, and their environs from carrying arms, ammunition or any offensive weapons and any persons found with any arms or ammunition will be arrested and prosecuted,” the Interior Ministry said in a statement.

There were gunshots in the early hours of Monday, December 27, 2021, which resulted in the loss of lives and the destruction of properties in the township.

In its statement issued on Wednesday, the Interior Minister, Ambrose Dery, said government is calling “on the Chiefs, Elders, Opinion Leaders, Youth and people of the area to exercise restraint in the face of the challenges confronting them.”

The statement further called for peacebuilding through non-violent means.

Meanwhile, the National Peace Council (NPC) and Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) have called on the chiefs and opinion leaders in Bawku to a ceasefire.

In a letter issued and signed by the council’s Chairman, Rev Dr Ernest Adu Gyamfi, he advised the feuding parties to use non-violent ways to address their grievances.

“The call particularly goes to the leaders and youth of both sides of the conflict.

“The National Peace Council and other stakeholders in the Bawku peace process would like to urge the parties further to stop all acts of violence and commit to non-violent ways of resolving their differences,” portions of the statement read.

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