Bloody Clash At Wa Over Land

An age-old dispute over a parcel of land between the people of Dondoli and Juderiyiri in the Wa Municipality of the Upper West Region, on Monday degenerated into a bloody clash resulting in the injury of eight persons.

Twenty persons, suspected to be part of the clashes, have been arrested and detained by the police, while the injured have been taken to the Regional Hospital where they are receiving medical attention.

The clash, which was said to have started around 8:30 p.m., also led to the burning down of four houses, two vehicles, several motorbikes, and other personal properties running into thousands of cedis.

But for the timely intervention of the police and personnel of the Ghana National Fire Service, the situation would have escalated.

Briefing the media after a tour of the place by members of the Regional Security Council led by the Regional Minister Alhaji Amin Amidu Sulemani, the acting Regional Public Relations Officer of the Ghana Police Service, Assistant Superintendent of Police (ASP) Edmund Nyamekye said the clash was over the ownership of a piece of land which had been disputed for over two decades.

He said at about 8.30 pm on Monday, one of the claimants of the piece of land allegedly defied a court injunction restraining either party from working on the land until the final determination of the case, and went destroying some already existing structures on the land.

That, according to Mr. Nyamekye, did not go down well with the other faction, which quickly mobilised themselves and went to confront the other side on the land.

He said the ensuing confrontation turned violent, leading to the destruction of several properties running into thousands of cedis.

The police, he said, rushed to the scene where they managed to restore calm, with support from the GNFS which put out the fire that had engulfed some of the houses.

Meanwhile, calm has returned to the area and the police have taken custody of the land, to prevent either faction from having access to it.

Mr. Nyamekye said as part of the security measures, the police would continue to patrol the communities to prevent further clashes.

He asked to the people to allow peace to prevail in the municipality, and to use legal means in resolving such disputes, and warned that any person or group of persons that fell foul of the law would be dealt with accordingly.

From Cliff Ekuful, Wa

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