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30-May-2016  
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The Small Arms Commission has appealed to the government of Ghana to provide the necessary equipment and all other needs to security personnel stationed at the country’s borders.

The commission wants some attention and priority for the three regions up north to check proliferation of illegal weapons following the latest shooting incident in the Gonja East district in the Northern Region, which resulted in one death and 16 injuries.

The attackers fired into a crowd of football fans who were watching the UEFA Champions League final on the night of Saturday May 28 in Kafaba.

The injured victims include six children, eight females, and two males. The attack has been put down to an ethnic feud between two rival groups in the area.

Senior Programmes Officer of the Small Arms Commission, Johnson Asante Twum, told Class News that: “There is a need for proper resourcing of our border management security for proper policing of the borders, so if people relay information they can identify who has the weapons.”

He explained shortly after the incident that some of the indigenes know the people who smuggle weapons into the country and the destination of such ammunitions. To him, security forces must be able to act swiftly to apprehend the perpetrators.

Meanwhile, more officers are set to be deployed to the area to prevent reprisals as uneasy calm looms over the community.

A team of police and military officers has been dispatched to keep peace there. Northern Regional Police PRO ASP Ebenezer Tetteh told Class News: “Police and military [officers] have been dispatched to the grounds; we are also preparing for reinforcement from Tamale. As we speak, the place is a little calm, but we want to pursue and get those behind the shooting incident arrested.”
 
 
 
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