Tamale: Court remands five Kpatinga rioters


A circuit court in Tamale in the Northern Region has remanded five persons who were arrested in connection with the violent attacks at Kpatinga into prison custody.

The five appeared before the court on Tuesday, January 28, after they were arrested over the weekend following a chieftaincy violence that left one dead and at least five injured.

The clash between two rival chiefs in the area also resulted in several houses being torched.

The five persons have been charged on separate counts, including possession of firearms without authority, rioting with weapons and conspiracy to cause damage.

Counsel for the accused persons prayed the court to grant the suspects bail but the court declined his plea indicating it has no jurisdiction to grant bail, under section 192 of the Criminal Offences Act.

The court presided over by His Worship Amadu Yussif remanded four of the suspects. They are to reappear on February 11, 2020.

Mahamadu Dogurugu, the fifth accused person will, however, reappear on February 6, 2020, on health grounds.

The court also asked the prosecution to provide an exit plan on the case since it has no jurisdiction.

REGSEC holds talks

Meanwhile, the Northern Region Security Council had held talks with the feuding factions pointing to planned further attacks.

Security has been tightened in the area to protect life and property.

Northern Regional Minister, Salifu Saeed warned that persons involved in the violent attacks will not be spared.

By Jonathan Ofori, Daily Mail GH

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