15 Remanded Over Bawku Shooting Incident

Fifteen out of the 21 suspects arrested in Bawku on Saturday for allegedly engaging in sporadic shooting in the town last Friday night were remanded by a Bolgatanga Circuit Court  on Monday.

Their pleas were not taken and they are to appear again on September 1.

Chief Inspector Nelson Zan, prosecuting told the court, presided over by Kofi Sunu, 21 suspects were initially arrested during an operation by the military and the police.

He said after screening them, the 15 were listed for prosecution.

They were charged for rioting and unlawful possession of offensive weapons, including AK47 assault rifles.

In a related development, four other suspects also arrested in Bawku and charged with illegal possession of an AK47 assault rifle and 10 pieces of ammunition also appeared before the same court.

They were Mustapha Moham-med, Amtaru Mahama, Ibrahim Muniru and Iddrisu Hakeem.

Their pleas were not taken and  were also remanded in police custody, to appear next Monday, September 1.

It would be recalled that unidentified gunmen on Monday, August 16, opened fire on a group of people at Patelimi, a suburb at Bawku, killed two and wounded a man and his wife.

On Tuesday, August 19, an assailant opened fire on a group of people at Sagabo, another suburb, killing a student of the Wa Campus of the University for Development Studies and injuring another student of the Bawku Nursing Training College.

Last Friday, between 7:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m., some unknown  people disturbed the peace in Bawku by shooting sporadically in various suburbs of the town leading to the arrest of the 21 suspects and the subsequent prosecution of the 15.

From Ibrahim A. Mohammed,Bolgatanga.

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