The Parliamentary Select Committee on Defence and Interior yesterday made a sudden U-turn in Tamale and returned to their base in Accra, thereby truncating their journey to Bawku in the Upper East Region to access the volatile security situation in that part of the country.
A source close to the Committee told The Chronicle that at 11:00 hours yesterday, after receiving security briefing from the General Officer Commanding (GOC) Northern Command of the Ghana Armed Forces (GAF), in Tamale, the Committee decided to abort the trip for their own safety.
However, reliable security sources at Bawku told this reporter that those in charge of security in the troubled town were not officially informed about the visit by the committee members.
They nevertheless intercepted intelligence that the Defence the Interior Committee members were on their way to Bawku.
The Chronicle gathered from multiple sources that despite being left in the dark, the security operatives were prepared to receive the delegation and that they were surprised that the trip was aborted midway in Tamale.
The Select Committee, headed by Assin North Member of Parliament, Kennedy Ohene Agyapong, last week announced that it would be visiting Bawku early this week to assess the security situation.
After Bawku, the Committee would have visited another troubled spot, Ashaiman, to commiserate with the family of murdered Trooper Imoro Sheriff and also to meet the people of Ashaiman affected by the military swoop.