Many injured as soldiers clash with Prison officers at Bawku

A violent clash between peacekeeping troops and personnel of the Ghana Prison Service in Bawku has resulted in numerous injuries, leading to significant unrest in the town.

The clash unfolded at the iconic Bawku Naba Palace during an inaugural ceremony held to honour the 40th anniversary of the reign of Bawku Naba Asigri Abugrago Azorka.

The genesis of the confrontation can be traced back to an unresolved misunderstanding over a missing phone, which escalated into a physical confrontation between the two groups.

Reports suggest that soldiers assigned to provide security during the ceremony confronted and assaulted a prison officer who was also on duty at the palace in connection with the missing phone.

The assaulted prison officer was swiftly rushed to the hospital for urgent medical treatment.

In a retaliatory response, enraged prison officers from the Bawku Central Prisons swiftly mobilized and descended upon the palace to confront the soldiers involved in the assault.

Chaos ensued as the prison officers allegedly resorted to firing gunshots in a bid to disarm the soldiers before proceeding to unleash a brutal assault on them.

The injured soldiers were subsequently evacuated to the Vineyard Hospital in Bawku to receive medical attention for their injuries.

Eyewitnesses recounted shouts and gunshots ringing through the air, shattering the tranquillity of the ceremonial event meant to honour the long-standing reign of the Bawku Naba.

Security personnel present at the scene struggled to contain the escalating violence as officers from both factions engaged in a vicious physical altercation.

The sudden eruption of violence has sent shockwaves through the community of Bawku, raising concerns about the underlying tensions and security protocols in place during public events.

The incident has cast a dark shadow over what was supposed to be a joyous occasion, underscoring the destructive consequences of unresolved conflicts and misunderstandings.

As the injured officers receive medical treatment and authorities initiate investigations into the root causes of the clash, questions linger about the implications of such a brazen display of violence within the community.


Calls for accountability and swift resolution of the underlying issues have intensified in the wake of the disturbing incident, urging both the Ghana Prison Service and troops to address the grievances that led to such a violent escalation.

The police were called in to restore order, and they have since managed to bring the situation under control.

However, the police have yet to comment on the incident.

It has been gathered that the leadership of the two security agencies have taken steps to amicably resolve the matter.

The community of Bawku now faces the arduous task of navigating the aftermath of the clash and healing the wounds inflicted by the violent confrontation between two security personnel entrusted with maintaining peace and security.

With tensions running high and emotions raw, efforts to promote reconciliation and understanding are paramount in moving forward from this unfortunate episode that marred the anniversary celebrations at the Bawku Naba Palace.

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