Chieftaincy Clash Chief seeks shelter at Police station as palace is burnt

The incident, which happened on thursday, compelled the chief, Pe Adams Kwarase, to escape in a smock into the bush, leaving his family and property behind.

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The  chief of Buru-Navio, a community near the Paga Border in the Upper East region, has fled the area after a group of young armed men attacked the area and set portions of his palace ablaze.

The incident, which happened on thursday, compelled the chief, Pe Adams Kwarase, to escape in a smock into the bush, leaving his family and property behind.

The chief is currently seeking refuge at the Navrongo Police Station while a joint police-military team has moved in to the area to maintain law and order.

It is unclear what sparked the violence, but it is reported that a chieftaincy dispute between the Paga and Buru-Navio chiefs which have been pending in the past three years could have been the reason behind the latest attacks.

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Reports say that the paramount chief of Paga sees Navio as a community under his control, but the Chief of Navio does not.

Speaking to journalists at the police station at Navrongo, the chief claimed the Thursday’s attempt on his life was masterminded by the Paramount Chief of Paga.

“It’s clear. That’s the Paga Chief. He sent them. His sons were there with the mob.

“As at now, I don’t know where my family [is]. People are even saying that they have killed me; I’m in the mortuary currently. But I’m in the Navrongo District Police Commander’s office currently. I just managed to escape. It wasn’t easy at all.”

The attack prompted a District Security Council (DISEC) meeting that lasted between 5:00pm and 8:00pm at Paga.

Addressing the media, the Kassena-Nankana West District Police Commander, DSP Isaac Kojo Forson, said he did not see anyone being brutalised.

“The youth went and burnt an innocent person’s car. The car that they put the fuel inside, the soldiers saw it. I was here. So, they moved there. They said they saw some of them sitting under that tree; that was why they moved to arrest. So, it’s like people were running helter-skelter. I went there to stop them, that they should not brutalise anyone. In fact, I didn’t see whether they were brutalising anyone. But they went there to make arrests. But through arrest, anything can happen,” DSP Forson said.

Police have so far arrested at least four persons in connection with the attacks as military and police detachments intensify patrols in the area.

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