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Regional News of Saturday, 1 June 2019

Source: citinewsroom.com

We still feel unsafe despite security presence – Anuful youth

Some Anuful youth who reside in the Chereponi District of the North East Region say they still feel unsafe traveling to other parts of the country.

According to the residents, a journey from Chereponi through to Yendi is still marred with threats from Konkomba communities along the way.

Currently, every bus which leaves for Yendi from Chereponi has security personnel accompanying as an escort but residents say these threats indicate that without security, they could be cut off from the rest of the country.

The Secretary to the Anuful Youth Movement in Chereponi, Sulemana Sadick, in a Citi News interview explained that their free movement is now determined by the availability of personnel to escort them when they are ready to travel.

“The blockade on the road is no longer there but those signs and eyes are still being given to passengers in buses. Some of those communities, when you get there, you just need to bend down and pretend not to be looking at people. Once you do, you find people sitting under trees point fingers at you like a warning."

"Should there be any bus without an escort, those signs can be translated into physical action and that could be devastating. Security is there to do patrols and every day we have to get security in a pickup to escort from Yendi and back and if the bus misses the security it means you have to have to sleep and wait for the next escort the next day," he said.

The Konkombas and Chokosis renewed a longstanding disagreement that has claimed one life last week.

There have also been multiple arrests over recent clashes in the area as several properties have been destroyed.

There is currently relative peace in the area with security presence very visible throughout the area.

The Chief of Army Staff, Major General Williams Ayamdo last Tuesday announced that more troops will be sent to the troubled areas of Chereponi and Saboba to be stationed at vantage points in the area that may not have been totally secured yet.