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Police warned youth groups in Tamale ahead of fire festival


Police in the Northern Region have issued a stern warning to youth known for fomenting trouble to stay away from any attempt to disrupt the celebration of the annual Bugim festival (fire festival).

The police have also warned popular political youth group leaders that they will be held responsible should any violence break out in Friday’s  Bugim festival.

The warning follows intelligence that some youth groups are preparing feverishly to unleash violence on their targets during the Bugim festival.

Speaking to Zaa News on police preparations towards the fire festival, Public Relations Officer of the Northern Regional police command, ASP Ebenezer Tetteh said over hundred uniform police personnel with support from the military as well as detectives will be deployed across the Tamale metropolis to ensure a peaceful Bugim festival.

But one youth group whose name was mentioned in the alleged plot to unleash mayhem, the Aluta boys of the ruling National Democratic Congress in the Northern Region has denied media report of their intention to engage in  violence during the  fire festival.

The Aluta Boys accused an Accra-based citifm northern regional correspondent of peddling falsehood against them. The youth said the citifm report about them was uncalled for and that the Aluta boys have nothing to do with the release of Tamale NPP activists from jail in Kumasi.

The youth told Zaa News that they have no intention of causing trouble in tomorrow’s fire festival. The Aluta Boys said one Yahuza and his colleagues who were in captivity for three years were criminals and that had nothing to do with either NDC or NPP.

The Changli-based NDC youth said their focus is on winning the 2016 general elections. Engaging in violence was the last thing on their minds, they added.



NDC Young wing -our youth are not violent 

The Northern Regional youth wing of the governing National Democratic Congress (NDC) disassociated itself from any violent attributions to the party youth.The party says all youth groups within the party are non-violent people. According to the party, its members minds are on how to win the 2016 general elections but not to engage in violence with any political party youth group.

The party however states that it will resist any attempt to undermine it through the media. The youth wing led by the northern regional youth organizer, Alhaji Mohammed Amin Abio went round the metropolis to interact with the youth on the purported intention of causing mayhem. Alhaji Abio spoke to Zaa NEWS at Aluta Boys base at Changli.

The youth organizer said the party expects citifm to render unqualified apology to the youth and the people

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