Mr Mark Woyongo, Minister of the Interior, made this known when he visited Bawku, accompanied by the Inspector General of Police, Mohammed Alhassan and other Heads of Security Agencies to assess the recent gun shooting that led to the death of some people and injured others.
Mr Woyongo, who is also a Member of Parliament for Navrongo Central, said the intended measure had become necessary because there were too many weapons in many hands, stressing that, “this often tempts the people to test their weapons and so when others hear shootings, they are prompted to respond causing the death of innocent people”.
He pointed out that, as part of the measures, those who possess illegal weapons would be granted some days of amnesty to hand over their guns willingly for some attractive amount of money.
According to him, after the amnesty period had elapsed, an intelligence investigation would be embarked upon by the National Security to undertake a thorough search to retrieve all illegal weapons.
He warned those with illegal weapons to hand them over, during the amnesty period or else they would be made to face the full rigours of the law.
The Minister regretted that, instead of using the little resources in catering for their children’s education, they rather use it on expensive weapons to fight.
The Minister said he was baffled at the fact that, even though the two ethnic groups were related and intermarried, they still engaged in unnecessary fighting and told the warring factions that, but for the conflict, Bawku would have been more developed than it is.
“Please let the guns go silent forever and forever. We cannot get the peace we are yeaning for if we continue to engage in gun shooting instead of engaging in dialogue to deal with the conflict”, he said.
He admonished the youth to desist from perpetuating the conflict and warned that their future would be bleak if they continued to engage in conflict since that would undermine development.
The Interior Minister, who visited both leaders of the factions, appealed to them to ensure that there was peace to create an enabling environment for development.