Curfew Imposed On Bunkpurugu

Calm is returning to Bunkpurugu and surrounding communities days after chieftaincy clashes broke out between two rival factions leading to the death of two.

Fierce fighting between the Namong and Jafeouk royal gates in Bunkpurugu late last Sunday led to the burning down of 24 houses, with four persons sustaining gunshot wounds.

No suspect has been arrested in connection with the renewed clashes but DAILY GUIDE gathered that security has been beefed up following the deployment of armed men to the area.

The Northern Regional Security Committee (REGSEC), in collaboration with the Ministry of Interior, based on the situation report from the District Security Committee (DISEC), has imposed a curfew on the area from 4pm to 6am.

Chairman of REGSEC and Northern Regional Minister, Alhaji Mohammed Muniru-Limuna, who confirmed the decision to DAILY GUIDE, indicated that the curfew would remain till the security situation in Bunkpurugu improved.

He was doubtful as to when members of REGSEC would visit the troubled area but indicated that plans were afoot to visit the area as part of measures to gather intelligence.

However, he cautioned residents of Bunkpurugu to be mindful of their actions, warning that his outfit would deal ruthlessly with anyone responsible for fuelling the latest violence.

A dispute between the Namong and Jafeouk clans over who is the legitimate occupant of the skin in the area has persisted for decades now.

The enskinment of Naa Alhaji Abuba Nasimong II as chief of Bunkpurugu was challenged by another faction, resulting in the matter being taken to the National House of Chiefs in Kumasi.

This was after both litigated over the matter at the Northern Regional House of Chiefs, which subsequently referred the issue to the National House of Chiefs in Kumasi.

The verdict which was to be delivered last year was deferred to a later date by the adjudicating body to allow them study the merit of the case as presented by both factions.

But even before the verdict, tension started enveloping the area, leading to Sunday’s clashes which claimed the lives of Daniel Waap, a 58-year-old teacher and Baba Zero, a 48-year-old farmer.

The bodies of the two have been deposited at the Baptist Medical Centre (BMC) mortuary at Nalerigu in the East Mamprusi District pending autopsy.

Stanley Liuilasua, Suuk Manupulein and Gamle Musah, who sustained gunshot wounds, are also receiving treatment at the hospital. The fourth victim, Jabuik Gbinbgaruk, said to be in critical condition, was trapped in burning fire but was later rescued when armed security personnel arrived at the scene of the skirmishes.

From Stephen Zoure, Tamale

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