It is anticipated that more than 500 soldiers will be sent to Bawku in the Upper East Region to assist in dealing with the increasing level of insecurity in the region.
The decision to send in armed personnel was made after a team that included the National Security Coordinator, Edward Asomani; the Chief of the Army Staff, Major General Thomas Oppong-Peprah; and other heads of state security and intelligence agencies paid a working visit to the area. The delegation was in the area to conduct an operation.
During an interview with Citi News, the Municipal Chief Executive for Bawku, Amadu Hamza, stated that the purpose of the task force will also include helping to deal with the inflow of Burkinabes entering the country as a result of the insurgency in their home country.
As a result of the killing of an immigration officer on April 3 in Bawku, the deployment has taken place. There has been no explanation provided for why this incident occurred, and no one has taken blame for it as of yet.