The Ghana Bar Association has released a statement following recent cases of abductions and Killings in the Wa Municipality.
The statement was released through Lawyer Siddique Ubeidu, The Regional President.
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STATEMENT BY THE GHANA BAR ASSOCIATION (UPPER WEST CHAPTER) ON RECENT DISAPPEARANCE AND KILLING OF WATCHMEN IN WA.
The attention of the Upper West Chapter of the Ghana Bar Association (GBA) has been drawn to reports of suspicious disappearance and killing of watchmen in Wa. It is very disturbing that this is happening at a time when the Region has become very attractive to investors and public sector employees
As members of the GBA in the region,we deem it fit and necessary to publicly condemn these dastardly acts targeted at watchmen.
We take this opportunity to kindly request the Police within the region to intensify their patrols of the township at night. We call on the police to place security check points at vantage points in the township at night.
Security is a collective responsibility and we would advise all in the township to take their security as a priority and report suspicious persons within the township to the Police. We admonish residents to avoid taking the law into their hands.
We are saddened that in a bid to show their displeasure, some local residents attacked shops owned by Nigerians. We unequivocally condemn these acts on Nigerian shop owners in Wa.
The GBA, U.W/R is hopeful that police will act swiftly to locate watchmen who have disappeared. In respect of the watchemen whose bodies have been found, we symphatize with the bereaved families and pray that,they will be comforted in this difficult moment.
Going forward, we suggest the following;
1. Landlords and/or property owners who engage the services of these watchmen should provide decent and serene places for them while they are at work.
2 .It is also advisable for offices to install CCTV cameras and also ensure at least two watchmen are at post each night.
3. The Police should encourage the formation of Community Watchdog Groups to assist in the surveillance of the town in the night as this would help curb crime and these dastardly acts of killing watchmen.
As the saying goes, Policing is the collective responsibility of all of us and the earlier we joined hands to fight these cowardly and barbaric acts,the better for us all as a region and/or a nation.
Wa is a peaceful town and we cannot sit and watch these things to be happening.
The GBA,U.W/R is ever ready to collaborate with the security agencies in curbing crime in Wa and the region as a whole.
DATED AT WA THIS 19TH DAY OF SEPTEMBER, 2022