Chief disputes One dead in Northern Region clashes

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Ghana Police Service play Leading security figures in the Upper East Region are meeting this week to resolve the issues that resulted in renewed cheiftancy clashes (File photo)
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Renewed chieftaincy clashes in the Upper East regional capital of Bolgatanga have left one person dead, and eight injured.

The area has had an ongoing rivalry between the two chiefs Naba Joseph Apakre Nyaaba and Naba Raymond Alafia Abilba.

The Daily Graphic reports the clashes has left Akaferey Anoman, 30 dead, however there are conflicting reports as to what might have caused the disturbance.

It was reported the clash happened at a funeral held around the Bolgatanga Sports Stadium area on Sunday, and the rival factions, who are all members of the same family, were at the funeral of a relative.

Starr FM reports At least five people were shot and slashed with machetes in the Sunday clash, and since then miltary and police patrols have been intensified in the troubled municipality as residents who reportedly had their property vandalised in the aftermath of the clash are counting their losses.

The two rival chiefs,belong to seven royal gates that have remained locked in a longstanding chieftaincy dispute that became renewed when Naba Martin Adongo Abilba III, the immediate-past paramount chief, passed away on September 26, 2013.

Leading security figures in the Upper East Region are meeting this week to resolve the issues that resulted in clashes, Ghana Web reported.

The chair of the Regional Security Council (REGSEC), Albert Abongo, who is also the regional minister, announced that measures were in place to control the situation whilst action is taken to permanently deal with the crisis.

“We are calling for a REGSEC meeting. In the meantime to keep the situation under control. We are asking for reinforcement from Bawku, from the military attachment and the police unit over there. The commander of the Northern Command is also sending in some military men from Tamale. So, generally, the situation is under control and we will keep it as such throughout the night to ensure that there is no disturbance whatsoever.”

He said the security would be lookout “to apprehend anybody who will attempt to foment any trouble”.

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