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2,780 people displaced by Konkomba, Chokosi gun battle

About 2,780 people have been displaced by the gun battle between the Konkombas and Chokosis in the Chereponi district of the North East Region.

A majority of the displaced people are women and children, who are in need of food and water.

The Northern Regional Minister, Mr Salifu Saeed, who disclosed these at a press conference in Tamale yesterday, said he had ordered the regional secretariat of the National Disaster Management Organisation (NADMO) to present relief items to the displaced persons.

“The NADMO officials have been directed to dispatch food, water and relief items to the affected persons as soon as practicable,” the minister stated.

Mr Saeed said relative calm has returned to the troubled areas as more security personnel have been dispatched to the area.

He stressed that the security personnel have been given firm instructions to deal decisively with anyone caught with weapon in the Chereponi district.

The minister said that security personnel have taken total control of the security situation in the district and nearby areas.

Mr Saeed said that security personnel were providing 24-hour security to students and staff of both Chereponi Technical Senior High School and Saboba Senior High School.

He said the killings, destruction and burning of houses was uncalled for, and warned that security personnel would crash all those involved in the unfortunate hostilities.

Mr Saeed assured that the Regional Security Council would map out strategies to find lasting solution to the frequent clashes in the area.

He appealed to the overlords of Dagbon and Mamprugu traditional areas; the Yaa-Naa Abukar Mahama and Nayiri Naa Bahugu Mahami Abdulai Sheriga respectively to help find amicable solution to the conflict between the two ethnic groups.

It would be recalled that renewed communal clashes erupted between the Konkombas and Chokosis last Saturday.

More than eight persons have been reportedly killed in the violence, but security personnel have confirmed three deaths.

Over hundred houses have been burnt in 22 communities within Chereponi and Saboba districts, and eight persons arrested and were with the security personnel helping in investigations.

FROM YAKUBU ABDUL-MAJEED, TAMALE

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