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General News of Sunday, 28 July 2019

Source: Myjoyonline.com

Youth groups clash at Jamestown as new chief is installed

Rival youth groups early Sunday, clashed at Ga Mashie, otherwise known as Jamestown in Accra following the installation of a new chief.

JoyNews editor, Fred Smith reports that the youths were wielding offensive weapons ready to fight.

A man dressed in plain-clothes was also spotted holding an AK47 assault rifle, the reporter said.

It followed reports that a faction claiming to be the rightful occupant of the Abola Royal Stool, forced open the gates to the royal house and installed one Nii Ashriefi as the Abola Shipi or youth chief of the area.

Another side opposed to the installation confronted the group and sparked the disturbance.

Some properties have been destroyed while the installation process has also been stalled.

There was no security personnel at the scene of the confrontations, which is opposite the Ussher Fort Prisons.

Calm has been restored but residents fear the situation could explode as there are no state security personnel present in the area.

There are fears the disturbance will affect ongoing preparations ahead of the celebration of the ‘Homowo’ festival which is a couple of weeks away.