3 injured as Bawku youths clash with police

Three persons sustained injuries after a clash between the police and some angry youths at Bawku in the Upper East Region.

The Bawku District Chief Executive Issalka Bukari, who confirmed the incident, said the clash was caused by misunderstanding between some clerics and policemen.

Prior to the clashes, the police had picked up the Mossi Chief Imam who had been forcing some children to go begging for alms in the streets.

The police had advised him to stop sending the children to go begging, but after he persisted, he was arrested.

People from the area besieged the police station demanding the Mallam’s release, but the police ignored them.

The youths stormed the police station in their numbers yesterday to forcibly free their leader.

The policemen fired warning shots after the youth vandalised the police station.

In the ensuing struggle, three people were injured, but it is not clear whether the injuries were bullet wounds.

The Assistant Secretary of the Mossi Youth Association, Mohammed Duniyamin, in an interview, rubbished the reasons behind the arrest of the Imam, saying that “this is an unnecessary allegation and he has never influenced anyone to go and beg”.

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