4 nabbed over ethnic clash at Wa

HandcuffsFour people have been arrested by the Regional Police Command in connection with recent clashes between the Dondoli and Jujeidayiri communities in the Wa municipality of the Upper West Region

The four, arrested on separate occasions between Friday, January 2 and Sunday, January 4, are: Nuru Ibrahim, 28, Suala Ibrahim, 41, Rashid Seidu, 32, and Bashirudeen Abudeen, 28.

They are said to be the brains behind the clashes that led to the death of a woman and destruction of property running into several millions of cedis, a situation that is threatening the peace and stability of the municipality.

Briefing The Ghanaian Times yesterday, the acting Regional Police Public Relations Officer, Assistant Superintendent of Police (ASP) Edmund Nyamekye, said Nuru Ibrahim was arrested at about 10 p.m. on Friday by the police patrol team around the National Investment Bank area and upon a search, a fully-loaded pump action gun and other security materials were found on him.

He said the arrest of Nuru Ibrahim, considered as the prime suspect, led to the arrest of Suala Ibrahim, Rashid Seidu and Bashirudeen Abudeen on Saturday and Sunday respectively.

According to Mr. Nyamekye, the three were also searched and the police found in their possession pump action guns and ammunition.

The four, are currently in police custody, and are helping in investigations.

ASP Nyamekye said the arrest of the four, marked a major breakthrough since it would help bring peace among the two communities.

He said the police had stepped up patrol duties in the area to ensure that members of the two communities live in peace and harmony, adding that “The arrest of the suspects has not brought investigations to a close. The police will continue investigations to ensure that all those involved are brought to book”.

The two communities had co-existed peaceful until Monday, November 16 at about 8:30 p.m., when it was alleged that one of the claimants to a piece of land had defied a court injunction restraining both parties from working on the land until final determination of the case, had gone onto the said land to destroy already existing structures on it.

The situation did not go down well with the other faction, which also quickly mobilised their men to confront the other side on the land, leading to a violent confrontation between the two sides.

Property running into several thousands of cedis, including four vehicles, shops and houses were destroyed.

Meanwhile, heavily armed security personnel are in the area to maintain law and order.

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