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A 40-year-old woman has died after unknown assailants stormed her home on Tuesday spraying her with bullets while she watched television with her children in the northern regional town of Bimbilla.

A joint police and military patrol team found the body of Alhassan Rahinatu when they rushed to the area after hearing the gunshots.
The daughter of the deceased, 14-year-old Khadija Bediako, was also hit on her left shoulder.

The body of the deceased has been deposited at the Bimbilla government hospital for preservation.
The wounded teenager is also in the same hospital where she is being treated. Police say she is responding to treatment.
Twenty-year-old Bediako Kamel – son of the deceased – escaped unscathed in the attack.

Public Relations Officer of the Northern Regional police, ASP Yussif Mohammed Tanko, told Joy News correspondent Hasmin Mohammed, that preliminary investigations revealed the spouse of the deceased, Abraham Bediako from the Andani gate was the target but was not at home at the time the shots were fired.

According to him, the unidentified gunmen stood at the entrance of the Bediako’s home and shot while they watched television.
It is still unclear why Abraham was targeted. The police are still investigating the issue.

Tuesday’s killing brings the number of violent related deaths in the Northern region over the past two weeks to 11.
Police are yet to make any arrests in all instances.







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The Northern Regional Police Commander has revealed a sharp rise in the proliferation of unlicensed weapons in the area.

DCOP Adusei Sarpong’s revelation followed the killing of four persons by unknown assailants at Najong number 1, a community in the Bunkprugu/Yunyoo district.

Addressing the media in Tamale, the police chief revealed that, “Police is aware that there are a number of unregistered weapons in the system, and day in day out people try to bring in more.”

He, however, allayed the fears of the public, saying, “Our intensification of searches at the various checkpoints has served as disincentive for criminals, but there are people who are daring and would like to do everything possible to outwit the police.

Be assured and I assure the public, that the police will do our possible best to make the region safer for law-abiding citizens.”

DCOP Adusei Sarpong recalled the arrest of some six suspected arms smugglers by the Gambaga divisional command to buttress his point of a proliferation of unlicensed weapons in the region.

“On the 8th December 2017 in the morning at about 10:00 o’clock, Gambaga police arrested a Nissan patrol with registration number GE5433-16 with six passengers on board including a woman.”

“Upon a search conducted in the vehicle, six pump action guns with 130 BB cartridges were found in the car, and all the occupants were then arrested and brought to the regional police command for investigations.”

He said all the suspects have been transferred to the police CID headquarters for further investigations.

“In view of the seriousness of the case especially with the recent use of weapons in Northern Region, the case is been transferred to the CID headquarters for further investigations.

Forensic investigations need to be conducted on the weapons, and that is why the case has been transferred to the police CID.







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The Bui Power Authority (BPA) has raked in over US$335million as revenue from the sale of power to the Electricity Company of Ghana (ECG) since the commissioning of its 400 MW Generating Station in December 19, 2013.

This was contained in a document which was made available to by the Authority.

Speaking to the Press at a Breakfast Meeting in Accra the Chief Executive Officer of Bui Power Authority Mr. Fred Oware dismissed the notion by some players in the energy sector that Bui Power Authority had become a white elephant since its establishment in 2007.

According to him, Bui Power is a healthy power generating entity stressing that “We cannot be described as a white elephant when we are generating so much electricity to feed into the national grid.”

Statistics from the Bui Power Authority indicates that the Authority generated 616MW of power in 2014, 868MW in 2015, 293 MW in 2016 and 542MW in 2017.

Touching on the development, Mr. Fred Oware attributed it, to what he described as the decline in the level of water in the Dam.

He told the Press that BPA had positioned itself as the leading Renewable Energy leaders powering green energy for the country.

“BPA, this year, expanded focus to Renewable Energy. This was in line with the Ministry of Energy’s vision of increasing the Renewable to about 10% of the country’s energy mix. This means we should be looking at adding at least 500MW of renewable energy to the country’s energy generation. In this regard, BPA has expanded its Switch yard at the Bui GS to accommodate 250MW of solar- generated power.

“BPA will be the first hybrid generation plant by the end of 2018, combining hydro and solar power generation. The Authority intends to train more of its engineers and other staff in pursuing and accomplishing this very important task of meeting the Ministry of Energy’s target for Renewable Energy generation,” Mr. Fred Oware said.

Mr. Fred Oware explained that BPA is also prospecting six possible sites for solar power generation in the three Northern Regions, commencing a 30kV generation from the Tsatsadu Falls in Volta Region and working with GS- Wind and University of Ghana on wind energy generation.






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The Police in Bimbilla in the Northern region have arrested three persons for violating curfew and engaging the security forces who attempted to arrest them in a shootout.

The three suspects responded with their local fire arms when the soldiers patrolling the town fired warning shots to compel them to stop.

They were, however, overpowered and arrested. The arms were retrieved and are currently in Police custody. The suspects were arrested Monday dawn.

According to Starr FM’s Northern regional Correspondent Eliasu Tanko, the suspects are sympathisers of the late Nakpa Na, a faction in the current chieftaincy crisis in the area.

Tanko reports that the Police has also failed to reveal the identities of the suspects as investigations have begun into the incident.

In a related development, six persons have been arrested transporting pump action guns and dozens of cartridge to Namong in the Yunyoo constituency where tensions over creation of a new district is escalating.

The suspects have been identified as Haruna Issah, 30, Jabut Nwoyo 37, Danso Suuk 30, Taiku Kwabena 30, Frank Fuseini 42 and Tahiru Ayariga 55.

Taiku Kwabena claimed ownership of the guns and the ammunition according to regional Police Commander DCOP Patrick Adusei Sarpong.








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Police in the Northern Region are rejecting claims of looming security threats in Bimbilla.

This follows growing security concerns after the recent arrests of some persons at the Nakpa Naa’s palace for possessing guns.

The three suspects had violated curfew and fired shots in response to warning shots by soldiers patrolling the town to compel them to stop.

The soldiers managed to arrest them and placed in police custody.

Spokesperson for the Bimbilla Regent, Tahidu Osman Kikaa strongly believes the incident is a reflection of the security laxity on the part of the regional security authority as well as the Interior and Defence Ministries.

Bimbilla has been fraught with long-standing chieftaincy disputes between the two royal gates but the police maintain they are on top of security there.

ASP Mohammed Tanko who spoke to Class News’ Blessed Sogah maintains the police are in control of issues and no chaos will be tolerated.







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Rape cases are on the increase in the Northern Region as Domestic Violence and Victim Support Unit of the Ghana Police Service, DOVVSU, recorded 19 such cases by October 2017 as against 18 cases recorded in 2016.

As at October 2017, DOVVSU also recorded 22 cases of defilement compared to 24 such cases recorded in 2016 in the region.

Despite increased awareness to stop the practice, forced marriages persists in the region as two cases were recorded by October 2017 as against three cases recorded in 2016.

Mr Inusah Iddrisu, Senior Public Education Officer/Investigator at the Northern Region office of the Commission on Human Rights and Administrative Justice, presented the figures at a community durbar in Tamale to mark the end of celebration of 16 -day Activism against Gender-based Violence in the region.

The community durbar was organized by the Northern Regional Department of Gender under the Ministry of Gender, Children and Social Protection in collaboration with EQWiP HUBS with sponsorship from the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA).

The 16- Days Activism against Gender-based Violence (November 25 to December 10) is an international campaign originating from the first global women’s leadership instituted in 1999 and it is an instrument used by all well-meaning people to fight against atrocities meted out to women.

Mr Iddrisu said the figures show that there was the need for an increased awareness to reduce, if not eradicate, gender-based violence to guarantee human rights for all.

He said there is the need for traditional authorities, assembly persons and unit committee members to assist victims of gender-based violence to seek justice as well as liaise with security services to deal with sexual and gender-based violence in the country.

Madam Bushira Alhassan, Acting Northern Regional Director of the Department of Gender, said since 2015, reported cases of assault, rape and defilement had been on the increase in the region.

She said “violence against women and girls is a human right issue. It discriminates, humiliates and robs women and girls of their rights and dignity. It is a silent killer as most women often will not talk about it for fear of being victimized or for fear of losing their marriages and livelihoods.”







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Four persons are feared dead, with 11 others wounded following sporadic gunshots on Sunday November 10 at Najong number 1, a community in the Bunkprugu/Yunyo district of the Northern Region.

The police administration is yet to confirm the death toll and the number of casualties, but some residents particularly women and children have fled the area.

The cause of the gunshots is yet to be established though tension has heightened there.

A similar situation occurred on November 17, 2017, over the siting of the capital of the yet to be created Yunyoo district.

Six arrested for attempting to smuggle weapons into Yunyo

On Friday December 8, 2017, six suspected arms smugglers including a woman, were arrested for attempting to smuggle six pump action guns and 130 cartridges into Yunyo.

The suspects are in police custody for further investigations.

Disagreements over the location of the capital of the yet to be created Yunyo district is causing fear and panic around the Bunkprugu enclave.

Some are proposing Namong to be the capital, whilst others are pushing for Bunkprugu.






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Fourteen students of the Tumu Senior High Technical School are assisting the police in investigating an assault on a male teacher of the school.

The students, who are currently on self-recognisance bail, are said to have assaulted the teacher, Mr Issah Ganiyu.

They appeared enraged when the 36-year-old teacher seized mobile phones from four of them after ‘lights out’ after an entertainment session, and went physical on him.

The district directorate of the Ghana Education Service is currently engaging various stakeholders, including the police, parents, traditional authorities and the political administration, over the issue, following calls by a section of society to have the students dismissed.

Mr Ganiyu, the teacher, is said to be recovering from bodily pains and physical injuries.


The Police Commander for the Sissala East District, Assistant Superintendent of Police (ASP) Mr Stephen Abanga, told the Daily Graphic that the students were all cooperating with the police in the investigations.

He said calm had returned to the school, but his men were still monitoring events closely.

He indicated that Mr Ganiyu, who was the teacher on duty at the time the students assaulted him, had gone round the dormitories to ensure that the students were protected.

He said the teacher heard some students talking during his rounds, and it turned out that they were speaking on phone.

ASP Abanga said Mr Ganiyu saw and seized four phones from the students, but they did not take kindly to the act, and massed up in their numbers to attack him.

According to him, the teacher had to escape from the grip of the incensed students, some of whom were armed with sticks and other weapons.

He said the 14 were those identified by the teacher as having participated in the assault on him, although some sources within the school have told the Daily Graphic that the number that attacked the teacher could be more.

Reactions on social media

Meanwhile, the public is enraged by the act of the students, with many posting their displeasure on social media and demanding their dismissal.

“Criminals, (they) should be sacked from public schools,” wrote one Baful Yakubu Juah on Facebook.

“This gross disrespect can scare other teachers from that school; those students should be dealt with,” Nagalwie Lutufia also wrote on Facebook.









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This year’s celebration of the Damba festival has passed peacefully in Bawku with the Mamprusis in that part of the Upper East region doing what many did not expect that Saturday.

It was generally anticipated that the Mamprusis, who did not enjoy the liberty to celebrate their Damba almost throughout the eight years the former government was in charge, would at the weekend flaunt a self-proclaimed unlimited air of freedom under a new government by delivering some taunting remarks targeted especially at their old chieftainship rivals— the Kusasis.

But it rather turned out to be an occasion they devoted to offering a warm ceasefire handshake to the Kusasis and the other ethnic factions in the area. Mamprusi leaders present at the festival celebration reminded natives and residents of Bawku that tunes of peace would always be easier on the ear than songs of war.

“We know it takes two to tangle. We on our side have always promised to be peaceful. We have never intended to destroy Bawku. I, therefore, use this opportunity to call all and sundry to give peace a chance in Bawku here. We stretch a hand of invitation to our uncles— the Bisas, the Kusasis, the Hausas, the Dagombas— to also come and embrace the peace that we, the Mamprusis, have in Bawku,” said Tahiru Mohammed Nambe, a legal practitioner and member of the Bawku Inter-Ethnic Peace Committee, as a massive crowd endorsed his speech with applause.

The peak of a reinstated Kusasi-Mamprusi chieftaincy-related clash between 2007 and 2012 saw 182 people including children killed in cold blood either in their homes or at unlikely spots, many houses set on fire, several residents inspired to permanently relocate, families in toiletless houses excreting in polythene bags indoors during long curfew hours and people unhappily peeping through partly opened louvres as stick-to-itive peacekeeping troops patrolled the ghost streets of the once-celebrated commercial nerve centre.

“We all know what happened in Bawku some years ago. We all also know the antecedents of the Damba celebration as it stands now. Nobody can come and impose peace on us as a people of Bawku. We ourselves have to understand the trauma we’ve gone through, the anxiety, the pain that we went through during the period of conflict— you call it war, you call it whatever. We are the very people that can teach ourselves to maintain the peace that we have here,” Mr. Nambe asserted.

Tight Security as Mamprusis seek to eternalise Damba

Saturday’s gathering, a climax of a week-long lineup of Damba activities, took place at Natinga, a Mamprusi-dominated area of Bawku.

Soldiers and police officers, led by their commanders, held the town tight with tireless patrols. A resounding noise engulfed the atmosphere all day as several groups of energetic men, hanging talking drums on their shoulders, struck their hides with power.

Tunes from handmade wind and string instruments, played alongside maracas (dried gourds with woven beads) whilst traditional praise singers electrified the crowd amid torrential drumming, drew scores of smock-parading men who in a queue dramatically swirled their loose-fitting garments repetitively to the music. Also glued to the spotlight were horsemen who, together with decorated horses, made a dance move to every rhythm. And as dancers took the large floor, tons of red cedi notes flew everywhere from the hands of excited individuals some of whom came from within Bawku and from as far as Burkina Faso and Togo to witness a ceremony which also saw snake charmers and mock fetish priests thrill spectators.

“Damba has come to stay,” an overjoyed Lawyer Nambe declared as cheers mounted from an emotional crowd. “Whether we like it or we do not like it, Damba has come to stay. I urge that from today onwards, let’s start planning towards future Damba [as to what] next year is going to look like. And we pray that at that time there would be peace as there is peace now and we can do it in a gargantuan way. Let the world know that Mamprusis are peace-loving people everywhere!”

Why Damba is widespread in the North

Damba, according to one of the Mamprusi opinion leaders who addressed the gathering, Bashiru Salifu, is celebrated to foster unity, to seek development and to promote the culture of the descendants of Naa Gbewaa, a warrior king who lived centuries ago.

“It is celebrated in the traditional lunar month of Damba. In Mamprugu, the month of Damba stands prominent among the twelve moons or months of the traditional calendar. This, therefore, emphasises the need for the celebration by all the descendants of Naa Gbewaa. They are the Mamprusis, Dagombas, Nanumbas and the Walas.

“There are other descendants like the Talensis and Builsas who do not celebrate Damba. However, there are other non-descendants like the Gonjas who adopted Damba and celebrate it annually. This and many other reasons account for the prominence of Damba in the whole of northern Ghana and even beyond. There is a living folktale that tells us about the good rapport that existed between the Mamprusi King, the Nayiri, and the Gonja King, Yagbon Wura of Gonjaland. The mutual relationship still manifests by the recent visit of the Yagbon Wura to the Nayiri’s Palace in Nalerigu,” said Mr. Salifu.

Conviction versus Justification

Many Mamprusis hold a strong conviction that the restriction imposed on Damba celebration in times past in Bawku was politically motivated despite explanations given by the National Security Council (NSC) that the measure was taken for security reasons.

“The other years, they prevented us from doing it. Just because of politics. Maybe they think we are not in support of their party; so, they prevented us from doing it. We don’t think it’s our party but we think that the NPP (New Patriotic Party) don’t discriminate. They allow everybody to do [their] festival [freely] and peacefully. That’s one thing about the NPP that we like.

“But the NDC (National Democratic Congress) prevented us from doing 2 or 3 Damba festival. In 2011 we woke up and saw military that nobody should wear smocks, that we shouldn’t even attempt to celebrate the Damba. But they allowed other ethnic groups— the Bisas, the Mossis and the Kusasis. We don’t want the NPP to stop the Kusasis from celebrating their Samanpiid festival because we want peace in Bawku. We don’t want to spoil Bawku. We don’t want to stop other people from celebrating their festivals,” Yahaya Mohammed Nambe, a Mamprusi young man, told Starr News as the ceremony formally came to a close and an all-night merrymaking was about to begin everywhere at Natinga.









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The Police in Gambaga, the capital of the East Mamprusi District in the Northern Region has intercepted a Nissan patrol vehicle with six pump action guns and 130 cartridges.

The vehicle with registration number GE 5433-16 was coming from the Tamale direction towards Namong village in the Bunkprugu-Yunyo District when the police intercepted it on Friday morning about 10.30am.

There were six persons on board, including the driver and one female.

The police upon a search in the vehicle retrieved six pump action guns and 130 cartridges.

The suspects whose identities are yet to be known have been detained by the police while the cache of weapons is also being kept for evident purposes.


The spokesperson of the Northern Regional Police Command, Assistant Superintendent of Police (ASP), Mr. Mohammed Yussif Tanko confirmed the arrest but could not give names and ages of the six suspects arrested, adding that investigations into the matter were still ongoing.


Last month the Namong village in the Bunkpurugu -Yunyon district experienced some sporadic gunshots in the area over disagreement of the siting of the district capital yet to be created Yunyo District to be carved out of the existing Bunkpurugu.

Since then tensions have been high in the area ahead of the naming of the new district capital. While some people are for the siting of the district capital in Yunyo, the constituency capital is others are also for Namong to be the district capital.







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The Bolgatanga Magistrate court has sentenced a butcher at the Bolgatanga slaughter house, Shaibu Sapak to four years imprisonment for what the court describes as dishonestly receiving and slaughtering a pregnant cow from a minor.
Revealing the facts of the case to the court, Police Inspector, Boateng Addei said Shaibu Sapak bought the cow from 16 year-old Ayindenaba Kojo who stole the said Cow from the Gambibgo Chief Palace on 8th October 2017.
Though Shaibu pleaded not guilty to charge, evidence presented by the police prosecutor found him guilty of the offense and he was subsequently sentenced to four years imprisonment
Meanwhile, Ayindenaba who is a juvinal was on October 31, 2017, given a three-year jail term which he is serving in a bolster home.
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The Director for the Ghana High Way Authority in the Upper East region, Philip Samini has said the construction of the popular Bolga-Bawku road has delayed partly due to the lack of funds.

The contract for the construction of the Bolgatanga-Bawku road has been awarded to two companies; a Ghanaian company, MAWUMS and a Brazilian company, Queiroz Galvao construction limited.

Although the stretch been constructed by the MAWUMS is a smaller portion of the road and per the contract signed in 2012 the company was expected to complete it after eighteen months, the company has stayed on site for years and has been unable to complete the work.

Some few weeks back, the contractor after been frustrated by lack of funds moved off site; a move that infuriated the masses considering the deplorable state of the road.

But speaking to A1 Radio’s Samuel Mbura on Daybreak Upper East, Philip Samini indicated that the delays on the road is partly due to the failure of government to fulfill its part of the contractual agreement.

“It takes a lot of money to construct roads and if the contractor is not been paid it becomes very difficult for him/her to execute the work easily. The 12 kilometer stretch can be done within some few months but if government is releasing funds say every eight months, the work delays and that is what is happening to MAWUMS.”

According to him, he had to speak with the contractor to consider the plight of his people using the road and the fact that the road was recording several numbers of death through armed robbery attacks.

He, however, indicated that although the contractor has moved to site, he was not sure for how long the resources mobilised will keep him there.

Although there have been calls on government to terminate the contract it has with MAWUMS, Philip Samini indicated that it will not be logical on the government to take such a decision because of the cost the it will incur.

“It is not logical for government to terminate MAWUMS’ contract because it will bring an extra cost to government. The government will have to pay for demobilization and pay for his inconvenience and when they mention the monies involved, they are not small sums . MAWUMS is capable and if given the needed funding can give good results.”





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Some children in schools in the Talensi District in the Upper East Region are abandoning classes to engage in illegal mining activities, popularly called galamsey.

Information from the district reaching the Daily Graphic indicated that the rate at which pupils were dropping out of school to participate in digging for gold was very high.

Galamsey versus schooling

Under the circumstances, the district has instituted a taskforce to restrict children, particularly those in school, from engaging in galamsey activities.

The District Chief Executive (DCE) for Talensi, Dr Christopher Boatbil Sormiteyema, who disclosed this to the Daily Graphic in an interview in Accra, said many children in the district saw the illegal mining to be very lucrative.

He said as a means of addressing poverty in the district, which was pushing some parents to permit their children to engage in the illegal activities, the assembly had put in plans to vigorously encourage participation in the government’s agricultural policy, Planting for Food and Jobs, “to liberate the people from deprivation and hunger.”

Lack of supervision

Dr Sormiteyema said the district had been performing abysmally in the Basic Education Certificate Examinations (BECE) over the past decade.

For example, he said, less than 50 per cent of candidates in the district that sat for the BECE gained admission to senior high schools.

The assembly was, therefore, intensifying supervision in basic schools in order to stop the declining standards of education in the district.

He said as part of efforts by the assembly to get the supervisors to carry out their duties effectively, “we have agreed to support them with fuel to the tune of GH¢300 each month for their vehicles.”

In addition, he said, the assembly would undertake an intensive public education on the matter in collaboration with the district education directorate to discourage the practice and encourage parents to rather support their children to stay in school.

Capacity building

The DCE said the assembly also had plans to organise workshops to build the capacities of teachers in the district, adding that “as part of the capacity building initiative, we would motivate teachers and get them to appreciate teaching as a vocation and not just a job to earn salary.”

“Sometimes when you see your work as a vocation, the passion with which you work is different from when you look at it as an activity just to earn salary.

“So, there is need to inject such kinds of principles in the teachers and I believe that with time we will see improvement in their performance and that of students under their care,” Dr Sormiteyema said.

He said as part of the assembly’s drive to improve performance in schools, “we are also looking at publicising the performance of schools in the BECE to encourage competition among them”.







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Tamale-based artiste Fancy Gadam, born Mujahid Ahmed Bello, has described as clueless, people who do not believe he deserves the prestigious ‘Artiste of the Year’ award.

In a recent interview with Joy News’ Doreen Avio, the fast-rising star confidently put himself up as the most eligible winner of the ultimate award at the annual Ghana Music Awards.

He believed his hard work had surpassed all, and was deserving of the award.
Some stakeholders of the industry, however, raised concerns over the ‘Total Cheat’ singer’s eligibility for the award.

Critics believe the Best New Artiste of the Year at this year’s awards, has not crossed the boundaries of Ghana and has been described as quite a ‘Local champion’.

However, Fancy Gadam, speaking in an interview on Daybreak Hitz with Andy Dosty, said, “looking at the effort I’ve put across this year, I strongly believe no artiste in Ghana has done it and I strongly believe I’m gonna win.”

Fancy Gadam thinks that his ability to fill up stadiums as well as the Bukom Boxing arena with fans for his performances is an indicator of hard work which should be recognised.

“I strongly believe that if a lot of people are following me, they’ll surely believe that Fancy deserves the Artiste of the Year, because he is doing a great job,” he responded to critics who doubt his eligibility.





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Six people are feared dead with scores injured following gunfire exchanges between Kalampor and Kafaba, two farming communities near Salaga in the East Gonja district of the Northern region at dawn of Wednesday.

The Northern Regional Police Command Public Relations Officer, Assistant Superintendent of Police Mohammed Yussif Tanko, could not readily confirm the deaths but said policemen have been deployed to quell the fighting and maintain law and order.

Residents link the clashes between the two communities to a long-standing chieftaincy dispute over who is the rightful ruler of the Kafaba and Kalampor traditional areas with the people of Kalampor contesting the kingship of the overlord of Kafaba.

Last year, similar clashes between the two communities over the same dispute led to the deaths of eight people on Saturday, May 28, 2016.

Some residents have told Graphic Online that the present clash is because the Kalanpor chief, who is not recognised by the paramount chief of Kafaba, is preparing to celebrate the Damba festival.






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