Tamale: 26 for court over chieftaincy clashes

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Police in the Northern Region have arrested 26 suspects in connection with a chieftaincy clash at Yong Dakpemyili, a suburb of Tamale, the regional capital.

The suspects include two persons – Fuseini Chimsi and Mohammed Chimsi – who are holding themselves as chiefs of Yong.

The suspects, who were arrested on Monday, March 30, 2020 are facing a court in Tamale for causing unlawful damages to buildings and rioting with offensive weapons.

Violence flared up in the rural community, following a renewed clash forcing residents to flee for safety.

At least one person was injured and several houses burnt when two brothers clashed on Saturday over the Yong skin.

Northern Regional Police Crime Officer, Superintendent Otuo Acheampong told Dailymailgh.com that the command will deal with persons who fuel crime in the metropolis.

“The suspects were arrested yesterday and they will be arraigned before the Tamale Circuit Court today. Police will continue to provide security in the area and will deal with anyone who foment trouble”, Superintendent Acheampong said.

Earlier in 2020, there was a similar incident over the legitimate occupant of the Yong skin after one of the rivals was enskined by the Dakpema.

The situation led to the Northern Regional Security Council placing a temporary ban on chieftaincy activities in the community.

Assemblyman of Yong Electoral area, Dawuda Abdul Wahab said in an interview with Accra-based Citi FM that even though some calm had returned to the area, there are fears among residents, especially women and children, that there could be reprisal attacks.

“There is still tension. There is fear in the people. Children and women are leaving the community because of fear and there are rumours that they have been hearing about another attack.”

Mr. Wahab complained about the lack of police presence and urged authorities to deploy security patrol team to the area to assure residents of their safety.

“There have been delays on their part and we are just appealing to them to get there on time. They must be monitoring and patrolling around.”

“If they could go around probably to scare them, we would be happy. If they are organising to do something, their presence will put some fear in them and they will stop.”

By Jonathan Ofori, Daily Mail GH

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