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Dagartiis Take Cover

2011-04-29 19:35:41
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SOME NORTHERN ethnic groups, mainly Dagartis, have fled Abesim near Sunyani in the Brong Ahafo Region for fear of being attacked following the gory murder of a native of the town.

A Dagarti settler was allegedly linked to the killing of 25-year-old Yaw Opoku on Monday night. The deceased was stabbed dead at the Lovers Spot, a popular drinking bar in the town, during a scuffle. Another victim, Atta Yaw, 30, also sustained cutlass wounds during the fracas.

Following the tragic incident, irate youth of the town, on Tuesday morning, went on a rampage, beating all Dagartis including other northern settlers in the area after they had blocked the main Sunyani-Kumasi Highway amid burning of tyres, and had also attacked the local police station.

The unfortunate situation caused the Dagartis to flee from the town. They had since not returned as at the time of filing this report.

Though calm has been restored to Abesim after the chiefs and elders of the town advised the youth to refrain from the act of violence, when DAILY GUIDE visited the town on Wednesday afternoon, the Dagartis had still not returned home. They were believed to be hiding in the nearby villages and cottages of their fellow northerners.

This reporter visited some Dagarti houses but only found women and children in a sad mood. According to the women, their husbands had gone to Sunyani, while others said their husbands had travelled to unknown destinations.

Kwaku Anthony, a Grusi, told DAILY GUIDE that he personally witnessed fierce beatings of some Dagarti young men on Tuesday after the irate mob had attacked many Dagarti homes in the town. He confirmed that the settlers had fled the area for dear life and would return after total calm had been restored and their security guaranteed.

Meanwhile, Elder Sylvester Oppong, who was hit by a stray bullet fired by the police during the mob action, was responding to treatment.

The Pentecost elder was standing far away from the police station, where a troubled police man fired the warning shot after the station came under attack by the angry mob. Atta Yaw, a victim of cutlass wounds, was also in stable condition after both were rushed to the Sunyani Regional Hospital.


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