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Regional News of Thursday, 13 December 2018


Curfew imposed on Bole over clashes

The Ministry of the Interior has on the advice of the Northern Regional Security Council (REGSEC) and by Executive Instrument imposed a dusk-to-dawn curfew on residents of Bole and its environs in the Bole District of the Northern Region with effect from Monday, 10th December, 2018.

The curfew has been imposed following the outbreak of violence resulting from a chieftaincy dispute at Bole.

According to the statement, government is calling on the chiefs, elders, opinion leaders and the people of the area to exercise restraint in the face of the challenges confronting them. Besides, they have been urged to employ non-violent means to ensure peace in the area.

Meanwhile, there is a total ban on all persons living at Bole and its environs from carrying arms, ammunition or any offensive weapon. Any person found with any arms or ammunition will be arrested and prosecuted.

It would be recalled that one person died while several others sustained injuries in renewed clashes between two factions at Bole in the Northern Region.

Some houses at Bole were set ablaze, causing fear and panic among residents in the district.

DAILY GUIDE gathered that the Mandari Chief – Issahaku Abdulai Kant – was performing Damba Festival when some unknown persons fired gunshots into the crowd, killing one person on the spot.

Reports indicated that a group affiliated to Chief Abdulai Kant also returned fire, leaving several people injured.

Confirming the incident to DAILY GUIDE, the Northern Regional Police Public Relations Officer (PRO) DSP Yusif Mohammed Tanko said one person died during the exchange of fire.

According to DSP Tanko, some injured persons were rushed to the Wa Government Hospital. Unfortunately, on Monday morning, there were reports that another person had died.

The Northern Regional Police Spokesman stated that military and police personnel had been deployed to the Bole District to protect lives and properties. Some residents are making plans to vacate the area.

There have been clashes between supporters of Chief Abdalai Issahaku Kant and Chief Abubakari Abutu over the rightful candidate for the Bole Skin after the demise of Chief Bolewura Awuladese Pontomprong Mahama II.

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