21 Arrested Over Clash

Twenty-one persons have been arrested in Wa, the Upper West Regional capital, following a violent clash between two communities over a parcel of land on Tuesday.

The suspects, who were being screened as at press time yesterday, were expected to be processed before court on Wednesday on charges of offensive conduct, causing harm and illegally possessing firearms.

Eight other persons, who were injured in the heat of the violence, are currently receiving treatment at the Wa Government Hospital, while efforts are underway by the regional police command to apprehend more suspects in connection with the latest fracas.

ASP Edmond Nyamekye, Police Public Relations Officer for the regional command, who confirmed the unfortunate incident to DAILY GUIDE, disclosed that some calm had returned to the two communities after a visit by the Regional Minister, Alhaji Amidu Sulemana and the heads of the various security services in the region.

Leaders of the two communities at the instance of the minister, had pledged to dialogue and find an amicable solution to the problem, which is said to be roping in other communities.

Tension, according to DAILY GUIDE’s investigations, started enveloping the two communities last Sunday following a dispute over the said land which both claimed ownership of.

Residents of Dondoli and Djedjeyiri have been reportedly laying claim to the said land until the issue got worse Tuesday, leading to the clash.

Two houses, a number of shops, two Urvan buses and motorbikes were burnt beyond recognition while the eight persons believed to have sustained machete wounds, were rushed to the hospital for medical attention.

The Municipal Security Committee (MUSEC) swiftly responded to a distress call and deployed armed police and military personnel to the scene to calm down the situation, leading to the arrest of the 21 suspects.

The minister, who visited the area, has directed the security agencies to mount surveillance in the area and arrest those who would intend to foment trouble.

Alhaji Amin and his entourage also visited the injured at the regional hospital and appealed to the medical officers to give them the best of attention, indicating that the cause of the incident would thoroughly be investigated.

Meanwhile, the youth in the two communities have deserted the area for fear of being linked to the incident and possibly arrested.

From Stephen Zoure, Wa

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