The National Commission on Small Arms and Light Weapons has condemned the recent activities of some separatist groups seeking independence from the country.
In a statement signed by the Commission’s Board Chairman, Prof Paul Frimpong-Manso said the groups, which purport to be fighting for the independence of Western Togoland, should channel their grievances through the proper means rather than causing chaos and creating tension and panic in the Volta Region.
“The blocking of roads, attack on a Police Stations and Officers, seizing of Police weapons, burning of properties among other unlawful acts by the secessionist groups do not demonstrate any good intentions that should attract any public sympathy nor yield any positive results in their quest for their demands.
“Such violent acts only depict insensitivity to the national course and total disregard for human lives and properties,” he noted.
Prof Frimpong-Manso also stressed that as the country nears the 2020 December polls, it is important for the citizenry to live in harmony and not engage in practices that could result in killing or maiming others.
“A country that settles her misunderstandings with violence and guns does not have any future and cannot leave any hope for her children and generations yet unborn,” he added.
Trusting the capacity of the National Security Agencies, the Board Chairman also urged the forces to expedite action in finding a sustainable solution to the ‘unfortunate’ situation.
“As a Commission that concerns itself with issues bordering on small arms and light weapons including gun violence, we wish to reiterate that armed violence does not settle any conflict; it is peaceful dialogue together with level-headedness and patience that does. Let us all try to exercise restraint no matter our grievances, seek the collective good of all and help advance Ghana’s socio-economic development.”
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