2 killed, 15 injured at ‘Fire’ Festival

This year’s Fire Festival in the Northern Region, turned bloody after three separate incidents left two people dead and some 15 others injured.

In the first incident, one person died instantly, when a truck ran into revellers at the festival at a farming community in the Miom district of the Northern Region.

The Northern Regional Police Public Relations Officer, ASP Ebenezer Tetteh, said after the tipper truck drove into the crowd, they became incensed and tried to attack the driver, who managed to escape.

“The angry crowd burnt the tipper truck to ashes,” he stated.

At Walewale, a man was butchered to death during the celebration.

The celebration in Tamale was peaceful, until a gun violence ensued and 15 people sustained gunshot wounds.

They were rushed to the Accident and Emergency Unit of the Tamale Teaching Hospital, with six of them in critical condition.

The Fire Festival had been banned in conflict zones like Yendi, Bimbila and Gushegu, all towns in the Northern Region.

The festival, also known as Bugum, is celebrated annually by the Dagombas, Mamprusis and Nanumbas to pacify the gods of their lands.

Before the celebration on Friday, an NDC youth group was accused of plotting to cause mayhem during the celebration, a claim the group denied vehemently.

The Aluta Boys dismissed reports in the media, that they had planned to create confusion in reaction to the release of five NPP youth activists.

The Court of Appeal in Kumasi, on Wednesday, freed the five NPP activists — Yahuza Yakubu, Majeed Alhassan, Habib Mohammed Dagbana and Shaibu Alhassan — who were sentenced to various terms of imprisonment after a clash in Tamale, which led to the death of Rashid Alhassan, a youth activist of the NDC.

But the NDC youth group in a meeting on Thursday, with the youth organizers of the NDC and NPP in the Northern Region, dismissed any plans to cause confusion in the Tamale metropolis.

From Yakubu Abdul-Majeed, Tamale

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