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Regional News of Tuesday, 19 March 2019


Three more arrested over Chereponi violence

Three more suspects have been arrested in connection with recent disturbances in the Chereponi district of the North East Region.

This brings to 8, the total number of people arrested by the police over the bloody clashes.

According to the Northern Regional Police PRO, DSP Yussif Tanko, the police have adopted new techniques to deal with the situation in the area and ensure that peace and security are restored.

He said the men on the ground are doing patrols of the communities to ensure that there is no further escalation and also to assist those especially women and children who have been displaced.

The police have also called on the leadership of both Anuful and Konkombas to talk to their people and call them to order and to let them know the effects of conflict.

The clashes reportedly started on Friday when one faction reportedly opened fire on wedding guests leading to a reprisal.

Two people died and many others were injured with several properties destroyed as a result of the clashes. There were reprisal attacks throughout the weekend and on Monday.

Many of the displaced are women and children in the area whose homes have been razed.

Citi News reports indicate that most villages within the area have been deserted.

“We have extended our patrols to a lot of places within the Chereponi, Saboba and some parts of the Yendi district. So we are on it and trying very hard to ensure that the situation is brought under control so that normal life will continue at the place,” DSP Yussif Tanko said.

Meanwhile, some students and workers in the district are fleeing the area for fear of their lives.

On Monday evening, there were reports of attacks on Gbalu, an Anuful community in the Chereponi district despite reports that calm had returned to the district.