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Alleged ring leader of Tamale Central riots granted bail


A Tamale Circuit Court, presided over by Mr. William Appiah Twumasi, has granted bail to the 45-year- old employee of the National Disaster Management Organisation (NADMO), Sulemana Kingdiya, over his alleged involvement in last Wednesday’s NDC Tamale Central constituency riots.

The bail was granted with two sureties, both of whom must be government workers, with incomes more than one thousand Ghana cedis each.

Kingdiya was arrested after some angry youth believed to be supporters of a failed parliamentary aspirant of the governing NDC Tamale Central Constituency, Alhaji Ibrahim Seidu Engineer, went on a rampage, destroying some party paraphernalia’s over rumours that the aspirant was dismissed from his job at the Roads and Highways Ministry. However, the rumours of his dismissal turned out to be only a memo from the ministry seeking to find out Alhaji Ibrahim’s involvement in partisan politics.

Kingdiya, who was alleged to be one of the ring leaders, was subsequently arrested by the Tamale Metropolitan Police over the riots. He was charged by the circuit court for causing unlawful damage and rioting. Three other suspects, Basharu, Dabali, and Hakeem who are still at large, are actively being sought by law authorities. A bench warrant for their arrest was issued last week by the court.

Counsel for Kingdiya, Mr. Issah Mahamud argued in court on Monday that his client be given a bail because the offense he was accused of committing is bailable under the law, which the court upheld.

Lawyer Mahamud said his client will regain his freedom as soon as possible because he did not commit the offense. Lawyer Mahamud also urged friends and family members of Kingdiya to remain calm as he battles for the total freedom of his client, adding that he is in very good spirits.image

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