Bawku Naked Teachers Banned

Rashid Abukari and Justin Hudu The Bolgatanga Magistrate Court presided over by William Boampong has finally granted a

GH¢90,000 bail for the two accused persons arrested in connection with some disturbances in the Bawku Municipality in November 2009, with one surety each. In addition to that, they have been banned from entering Bawku.

The two- Rashid Bukari, who was charged for unlawful possession of ammunitions, is a Mamprusi and Justin Hudu, who is an accomplice, is Nyanga – have both been on remand since November 2009.

They are expected to reappear before the court on February 15, 2010, and within this period and until the final judgment is given, the two are not supposed to enter the Bawku Municipality on any grounds except by permission from the court.

Surprisingly, the legal activity which sort to give the two young men some breathing space has been interpreted  by some residents of Bolgatanga as being part of conditions set by the Mamprusis in Bawku for the unification of the Presidential Spokesman, Mahama Ayariga and his grandfather, Alhaji Akalifa, who is the leader of the Mamprusis in Bawku.

Recently, the Upper East Regional Minister, Mark Woyongo, as part of his mission to bring back the Mamprusis to the Inter-Ethnic Peace Committee, had to negotiate a peace deal between Mahama Ayariga and his grandfather, Alhaji Akalifa, which was reported in the media.

DAILY GUIDE is monitoring the situation to find out whether the bail only coincided with the unification process or it was indeed a condition.

Meanwhile, the lawyer for the two suspects, Joseph Kpemka Dindiok, a former District Chief Executive for Garu-Tempane, in an interview with DAILY GUIDE denied any knowledge of the alleged manipulation by the Regional Minister or any group, saying, “I only did my legal work for my clients, anything else, I’m not aware.

Those boys deserve the bail and Rashid Bukari has to even go for medical care to rectify a defect on his bone.”

For some time now, Kpemka Dindiok had been pleading with the court to grant the two bail to enable Rashid Bukari, who has a fracture in his left arm, get adequate attention and medical treatment for his bone by a specialist.

Rashid Bukari, during his earlier interrogation with the Police, said he sustained the gun wound and fracture in his arm from a stray bullet during one of the disturbances in the area.

His lawyer said it has been recommended that Rashid be taken to Duayaw-Kwanta Hospital for a specialist’s attention.

The arrest of the two young men, who are friends, generated a lot of discussions over their human rights violations, especially as they were allegedly stripped naked by the military and paraded through some streets of Bawku.

Earlier, the military had denied stripping the two men naked, but video footage taken at the scene exposed the military brutality.