Chief, 3 others killed in deadly clash …….. 14 others injured in Drobo

Four people including a youth chief of Japekrom were killed in sporadic gunshots during an attack involving the people of Japekrom and Drobo in the Jaman South district of Brong-Ahafo Region yesterday evening.

Fourteen others including a minor who got injured during the melee were rushed to the Sampa government hospital and are currently receiving treatments.

Reports gathered by the Ghanaian Times indicate that several vehicles and other property in the area were burnt and destroyed during the violence.

The Brong-Ahafo Regional police public Relations officer, Chief Inspector Augustine Kingsley Oppong confirmed the incidence to the media here in Sunyani.

According to him, the Regional Security Council (REGSEC) has since deployed 70 security men made up of 40 police and 30 military personnel to the area to maintain law and order.

Explaining what triggered the conflict, Chief Inspector Oppong said the people of Japekrom were returning from Mpuaso, a suburb of Drobo after performing rituals at the Mpuaso River as part of activities marking this year’s Munufie festival celebrations by the chiefs and people of Japekrom.

He said, the people who were in a procession, on reaching Drobo Senior High School (SHS) realised the road had been blocked. In  an attempt to clear the road, the violence erupted resulting in the killing of one Wofa Atta Sena, a youth chief of Japekrom and three unidentified men.

He said no arrest had been made due to the volatile nature of the situation, adding that the bodies of the dead have been sent to the Sampa hospital mortuary for autopsy.

There has been simmering tension brewing between the two towns (Japekrom and Drobo) which dates back several decades over a parcel of land.

The issue went to the Supreme Court and was ruled in favour of the people of Japekrom.

But lack of enforcement of the ruling by the Supreme Court has constantly ignited tension between the two traditional areas with the slightest provocations.

FROM DANIEL DZIRASAH, SUNYANI

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