Two dead in ethnic clash

 

Two people have been reportedly killed in an ethnic clash between Gonjas and Mamprusis at Lukuli in the North Gonja District of the Savannah region.

The clash which occurred Thursday night lasted for about 45 minutes residents say. Starr news sources indicate that Gonjas in the community want to construct a mosque but the Mamprusis resisted that move.

The resistance by the Mamprusis resulted in a misunderstanding between the two groups whih eventually led to the two victims who are yet to be identified, authorities said.

One other person is in critical condition and is currently admitted in the hospital.

Meanwhile, more police and military personnel have been deployed to the area to maintain peace. Savannah regional security (REGSEC) have appealed to the two factions to allow peace to reign.

“A combined team of police and the military personnel have been deployed at Lukula in the Daboya District to ensure that lasting peace is restored to the area,'' police PRO DSP Yussif Tanko said

The team according to the PRO, is expected to patrol the area and beyond and ensure that criminal elements who are bent on causing trouble are kept at bay and also look out for persons who have perpetuated crime in connection with the conflict and ensure they are brought to book.

The police further stated it will not countenance any act of lawlessness so far as this particular conflict is concerned.

The Gonjas and the Mamprusis in the Wasipe traditional area have been on each other’s necks for long. This is because the Mamprusis has refused to be ruled by the chief enskinned by the paramount chief of the area, and rather want to have their own ethnic chief.

Traditional authorities however have not responded to their demand as it’s not a normal practice by the Gonjas.

By: Jonas Biawurbi

 

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