N/R: REGSEC calls for calm in Chereponi

The Northern Regional Security Council (REGSEC) has called on the feuding factions in the recent clashes in Chereponi district of the northern region to abstain from their violent confrontations. The Northern Regional Minister, Hon Salifu Saeed who doubles as Chairman of REGSEC made the clarion call on Monday, June 4, 2018 after the council meeting.

It was reported over the weekend that, there was a clash between Konkombas and Chekosis at the Naaduni village, a suburb of Chereponi. The chaos broke out following a land dispute and several properties and homes have destroyed. According to police report, some two people from the Konkomba settlement identified as Kura Mustapha aged 35 and Mohamadu Baafim aged 42 died as a result of the clash.

It is on this premise that, REGSEC is urging them to seize fire. Mr. Salifu Saeed described the situation as unfortunate and condemned it. He said REGSEC is monitoring the situation on the grounds closely to ensure reprisals attacks are not recorded. “We really deployed troops timely and that really helped and we monitored the communities throughout, we combined both Chereponi and Saboba districts and because of the joint military and police patrols that really stop the fight to escalate into large scale conflict, that notwithstanding, I got in touch with both Members of Parliament for Saboba and Chereponi constituencies to join their District Security Councils to talk to the people and currently, there is uneasy calm in the area, he stated.”

The Minister expressed worried over the mishap considering that, this is a farming season and people may be skeptical going to their farms due to their personal security. “So I still want to appeal to them, this is farming season, so if these things are happening, the people will feel scared to go to their farms and this year, I want the northern region to be a lead region in the implementation of the Plant for Food and Jobs programme, he stressed further.”

He however challenged the people to convert their energies into productive ventures to realize the developmental priorities of the region.

Meanwhile, available information gathered from the police reveals that, a team of police visited the Chekosis settlement and conducted a search at the Chiefs palace. Upon the search, the police found locally manufactured single guns, 3 single barrel guns and 3 BB live cartridges. The Chief and 12 of his Elders have since been arrested and detained at the Divisional Headquarters in Yendi to assist investigations. The two bodies (corpses) have been sent to the Tamale Teaching Hospital morgue for preservation and autopsy.

The police also seized one single barrel gun and AK47 rifle magazine containing 20 rounds of ammunition from a group they pursued at Achuma village near Naaduni.

 

Mohammed Gadafi, northstarfmonline.com

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