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Bunkprugu killing;Family demands justice from gov’t


The family of a 36-year-old farmer who was allegedly shot and killed by a military officer last Friday at Pagnatik, a farming community in the Bunkpurugu district of the Northern Region demand justice from government.

Private Daniel Appiah of the 6 BN of Kamina barracks in Tamale with the rank NP 202427 was alleged to have killed one Jabiuk Duut in Pagnatik. The deceased’s wife, Binantoi Jabiuk told Zaa News through an interpreter the husband was shot dead in his room at about 4 -5pm during curfew hours.

According to the deceased’s wife, her late husband was allegedly shot through their window after he had broken curfew.

The dusk to dawn was imposed by the interior ministry in Bunkpurugu and its environs following renewed chieftaincy clashes between the Jamong and the Jafog clans from the Bimoba community which led to the death of two persons.

The community which is the last between Ghana and Togo boarder has a population of over two hundred people mainly peasant farmers.

The deceased’s wife alleged she was threateningly ordered by the soldiers to drag her husband’s body out of the room which she couldn’t but have to because of her life.

Some relatives in their attempt to recount the incident could not control their emotions thereby bursting into tears. ’’We are hundred percent not involve in this conflict, we are completely neutral; the way they are molesting us I don’t understand’’ the uncle of the deceased, Nelson Jabik to Zaa News.

He alleged some of the security personnel demands  money from residents and demanded that someone call them to order.

Narrating their ordeals and shock to Zaa news, a community member said they have never involved in any conflict in the area and could not understand why the military drove several kilometers away from Bunkpurugu Township and carried out the dastardly act. The deceased left behind four children in the hands of over 70-years-old woman who traumatized by her son death. 

 Meanwhile, academic activities at the various schools have been halted in Bunkpurugu and its environs since the renewed conflict started.

Teachers and their students are at homes. Even though the district is not one of the worst performing districts in the Basic Education Certificate Examinations, teachers in the area fear the conflict could affect students’ performance if the curfew still persists. Musah Konlan, a teacher in the area said the reopening of school is in  limbo so far as the curfew is still in place.

As at 5pm Saturday when Zaa News left Pagnatik community in Bunkprugu, the remains of the decreased were brought back to the family by the military for burial. 


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