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U/E: One dead in renewed clash at Kassena-Nankana

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At least one person is reported dead in a renewed clash between the people of Doba and Kandiga in the Kassena-Nankana municipality and Kassena-Nankana West District of the Upper East Region.

The deceased is said to be an old woman who is yet to be identified by security authorities.

Police in the region said the killing of a 23-year man believed to be an ally of Doba, three days ago, could have caused the renewed clash.

Speaking to Citi News, Navrongo Municipal Police Commander ASP Francis Agyare who did not disclose the number of arrests made said, calm has returned to the area.

“As we speak, the police and military are present to ensure that the fight doesn’t escalate. I can report that one person is down; an old woman. Apart from that, I cannot confirm the number of people who have been hospitalized as a result because they might have been taken through a different route on our blind side. But as we finish, we will proceed to the hospital to confirm any of the causalities. But I can confirm, one person is dead.”

In July, a land dispute clash between the people of Doba and Kandiga claimed six lives and injured four others.

Police of the Navrongo Command arrested 20 suspects over the incident. The Navrongo District Court later sentenced 12 out of the 20 suspects.

The Presiding Judge of the Navrongo District Court, His Worship Abdul-Malik Wahab on Tuesday, July 7, 2020, sentenced the 12 to a minimum of five months and a maximum of eight months imprisonment for possession of unlawful firearms and rioting.

They are to serve the jail term in the Gambaga prison in the North East Region.

Speaking to Citi News, Navrongo Municipal Police Commander, DSP Francis Agyare said the suspects pleaded guilty to the charges pressed against them and were convicted on their own plea.

“Twenty suspects were arrested in the clash for rioting and possessing firearms without lawful authority. We realized that most of the suspects did not have a license to cover the weapons they possessed. We charged 12 out of the 20 and put it before the Navrongo District Court this morning (Tuesday, July 7, 2020). They pleaded guilty to the charges and they were accordingly convicted on their own plea to serve various sentences at the Gambaga prison.

“For the remaining eight, we are working on them and as and when we finish, we shall put them before the court,” he added.

DSP Agyare reiterated its commitment to ensuring law and order in the troubled area.

The Minister of the Interior, Ambrose Dery upon advice from the Upper East Regional Security Council imposed a 12-hour curfew on the town.

Source: Citi News

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