Ayariga Drags Military To CHRAJ Over Alleged Killings In Bawku


The Member of Parliament (MP) for Bawku Central in the Upper East region, Mahama Ayariga appears not to be giving up in his allegation against the Ghana Armed Forces (GAF) over the alleged killing of some 10 citizens by the military in Bawku.

He has therefore petitioned the Commission on Human Rights and Administrative Justice (CHRAJ) to investigate the said killings.

He is also demanding investigations into the incident and GH¢500,000 compensation for each person allegedly killed by the military.

Prior to this petition, the GAF has denied killing some seven innocent people who were running for cover in Bawku during recent disturbances in a statement on Thursday, February 2.

But the lawmaker disagreed with the Military and wants CHRAJ investigations into the incident.

In a petition, Mahama Ayariga stated “In my capacity as the Member of Parliament for Bawku Central I hereby lodge a complaint on behalf of some residents of Bawku under regulation 2(2)(a) and (b) of C.I. 67 pertaining to several acts of violation of the human rights of some residents of Bawku by members of the Ghana Armed Forces.

“Among the rights violated included the sacred right to life of 10 citizens of Bawku who were shot to death by members of the armed forces engaged in Operation Gongong in Bawku on Tuesday 31st January and Wednesday 1st February 2023. Children’s rights. Women’s rights and property rights were violated.

“The military does not deny shooting and killing these residents of Bawku. A statement issued by the military authorities on 2nd February 2023 admitting responsibility for the killings is attached.”

Among the remedies being sought by the MP include; “Compensation of Five Hundred Thousand Ghana Cedis (GH¢500,000.00) for each and every one of those whose lives were taken to be paid to their immediate families as punitive damage”.

“Restraining the members of the Ghana Armed Forces from further acts of brutalities in Bawku in the exercise of their responsibilities to maintain peace in Bawku and adequate compensation to those who have suffered physical harm.”

By Vincent Kubi