The Upper East Regional Coordinating Council has banned the wearing of smock in Bawku in a bid to prevent criminals and unscrupulous persons from concealing weapons in them to harm people.
The Council said its decision stemmed from the fact that some unscrupulous were hiding arms and ammunition in smocks to attack residents.
“Following the decision taken by REGSEC during the emergency meeting, the wearing of smock in Bawku Township has been banned with immediate effect. This was necessitated by the fact that criminals or unscrupulous elements hide arms and ammunition in smocks and attack opponents or innocent civilians,” a portion of a statement from the Council read.
The Council has asked MUSEC to ensure that the directive is enforced.
Currently, a curfew has also been imposed on some communities in Bawku due to the growing threat of insecurity.
This was contained in a statement signed by the Minister for Interior.