Soldiers, Police clash in Upper East over camouflage

Soldiers, Police clash in Upper East over camouflage

- The Upper East Regional Minister says he has foiled an attack between police and the military

- The Minister says the deadly clash between the two security agencies could have marred Ghana's image

Some aggrieved personnel from the Ghana Armed Forces have alleged clashed with some officers from the Ghana Police Service in the Upper East region for wearing military uniform.

According to a Starr FM report, the row between the two security agencies on Sunday mounted an alarming tension where the police received strong orders amid war songs to unlock their arms depot in the regional capital of Bolgatanga.

Soldiers, Police clash in Upper East over camouflage

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Reports say the police officers who were fired up were ready to open fire on the peacekeeping military personnel in a bloody showdown in the area.

Some unconfirmed reports indicate that the military officers who got the hint earlier pitched camp at a spot to warm up for the deadly encounter.

Starr FM report says it took the Regional Minister, Rockson Bukari, who is also the Chairman of the Regional Security Council (REGSEC) to avert a rare military-police showdown.

“When I arrived from church, I realized there were some soldiers moving with guns in the residency. The soldiers briefed me that they saw a policeman wearing their uniform and that they asked him to remove it. I called the Regional Police Commander that there is serious tension. I overheard the police officers saying they were going to open the armoury and fetch weapons from to attack the soldiers,” the Minister said in an interview..

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Mr Bukari added that he became alarmed and quickly rushed to the Municipal Police Station to meet the Regional Police Commander over the tension.

“I rushed there to cool the soldiers down and also told the police to look at what is happening in Burkina Faso and how another trouble would mar the image of our country. I have told them to work together as a team as we see how to resolve the matter as a family,” the Regional Minister said.

The Regional Minister also gave a strong indication that he would call a reconciliation meeting of the feuding security agencies to prevent the worrying development from happening again.

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