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14 Combatants Arrested in Bawku

2009-06-02 21:37:38
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IN CONNECTION with last Sunday's renewed violent skirmishes that led to the death of three people in Bawku, a joint Military-Police patrol team has arrested fourteen persons. They were being screened and those found to have been involved in fueling the conflict would be arraigned before court.

The latest incident occurred only two days after President J.E.A Mills held separate meetings with the two feuding sides, Kussasi and Mamprusi in Bolgatanga, during his maiden visit to the Upper East Region since he assumed office as President.

He later brought leaders of the two sides together and pleaded with them to tell their people to give peace a chance. The Kussasi side was represented by the Chief of Bawku, Naba Abugrago Azoka II, and the Mamprusi side by Alhaji Akhalifa.

The latest incident started last Sunday at about 16:15 pm, when one Felix Asibi, believed to be a driver was shot dead. This was when he allegedly attempted to make a telephone call upon spotting some men who were allegedly wrenching cattle from the cattle market at Bawku.

His death has, however, been described by the police as an act of armed robbery.

However, the killing of Ibrahim Sulemana and Ali Abugri was said to have been linked with the conflict. In the ensuing clashes, three vehicles were set ablaze. The combatants also burnt down an office belonging to the Ghana Immigration Service at Kulmako. At the time of filing this report, the police and the military had retrieved one AK47 raffle and ammunitions from the combatants.

According to the police at Bawku, the latest incident was fueled by the release of some suspects who allegedly set a house on fire leading to the death a pregnant woman some few months ago.

They said the release of these suspects ignited jubilations in the Bawku Township last Friday, and was accompanied by spontaneous gunshots in the volatile municipality.

The Upper East Regional Minister, Mr. Mark Woyongo, who doubled as the Chairman of the Regional Security Council (REGSEC) led members of the council to Bawku yesterday to bring the situation under control.

At a meeting in Bawku, the regional minister said REGSEC has lost confidence in the elders of both sides and will now use youth leaders to deal with the situation. The out-going regional Police Commander, Deputy Commissioner of Police, Hamidu Mahama said the police and the military were in control of the situation, and warned residents to adhere to the new curfew hours which were from 5pm to 7am.


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