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General News of Wednesday, 19 April 2017

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Leadership of Old Fadama bans social gatherings

Old Fadama

The leadership of Old Fadama at Agbogbloshie in Accra has placed a temporary ban on all forms of social gatherings in the community as a measure to prevent further violent clashes in the area.

They have also begun an initiative to educate and sensitise the feuding factions in last Tuesday's violent clashes that claimed a life to use dialogue to resolve any impasse between them.

As part of the initiative, the Chairman of the Konkomba Yam Market, Mr Noah Kwame Upuin, last Sunday visited some churches and opinion leaders in the area with a peace message that urged all aggrieved persons to smoke the peace pipe.

Speaking to the Daily Graphic, Mr Upuin explained that the decision to temporarily ban social gatherings such as naming ceremonies, graduation of apprentices and launching of programmes was to ensure that criminal elements did not take advantage of such gatherings to perpetrate more mayhem.

Presently, most of the people who sustained injuries have been treated and discharged, with the exception of three who need further medical attention.

Also, most of the people who were arrested for minor offences during police operations have been granted bail or released, while those whose cases border on criminality are going through legal processes.

Peace

Meanwhile, the Head Pastor of the Evangelical Church of Ghana (ECG), Rev. Maxwell K.K. Liwangol, has urged the residents to collaborate with the security agencies, especially the police, for law and order to be restored to the community.

"Even though the police are doing their best to protect lives and property, it is important to also safeguard your lives by staying away from public activities that have the tendency to inflame passions," he told his church members last Sunday.

"Let us use the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ as a bridge to cement all relationships that have gone sour,” he added.

Meanwhile, checks by the Daily Graphic show that the Konkomba Yam Market which was closed to business a day after the violence has been reopened and business is picking up there.

The leadership of the slum is also engaging the factions to ensure that property that was taken over is returned to the rightful owners.