Clash over Sekondi Mosque: Nine grabbed

DCOP Kwasi MensahDuku

DCOP Kwasi MensahDuku

Nine suspects were arrested on Friday night in connection with the clash between two Muslim groups at Sekondi Zongo, in the Sekondi-Takoradi metropolis, last Thursday, over the ownership of the mosque at the community.

Earlier, eight of the suspects: Salim Issah, Aminu Sirinu, Khassum Issah, Abdul Azziz, Abdul Rashid, Aminatu Mohammed, Alhassan Abdulai and Halifa Cissey, on Thursday night, reported to the police that they  suffered various degrees of wounds from sharp objects, after  they were attacked  by assailants.

Khassum  Issah,  showed  a locally- manufactured pistol to the  police, alleging   that one Mawia shot  him,  but, he escaped unhurt and  managed to disarm  him.

The police issued medical forms to them for medical attention and report back for further action.

But, following investigations, the police arrested the eight suspects and Ibrahim Amadu, 23, on Friday night, the police told The Ghanaian Times.

A police team dispatched to the area, restored order and retrieved a locally- manufactured pistol, two BB cartridges, one knife and cutlass at the scene.

The Western Regional  Police Public Relations Officer (PRO), Assistant Superintendent  of Police (ASP)  Olivia Ewurabena Adiku, told The Ghanaian Times that,  at about  11.30 pm,  on Thursday , the Sekondi Police received information from Sekondi Zongo about  the  clash  amidst gunshots in the community.

She said on Friday, the Regional Police Commander,DCOP Kwasi Mensah Duku met all the parties involved in the violence, and asked them to submit statements.

There has been controversy between the Chief Imam, Sheikh Hassan Ali Hassan, on one hand and an Islamic teacher, Alhaji Mukadasu Ali, on the other over who has authority over the mosque.

ASP Adiku said investigations indicated that, the Chief Imam was unhappy about  attempts  by Alhaji  Mukadasu, a teacher  at the Islamic School, at Gyandu, Sekondi, to preach and interpret the Koran at the Central Mosque, especially   during the  Ramanda.

She indicated that before the Ramadan, Alhaji Mukadasu  and his  group,  preached  at  his house, near the Central mosque,  which had increased  tension in Sekondi Zongo.

ASP Adiku said the Police and  the Western Regional Security Council (REGESEC) took steps to ensure peace and order at the area close to the mosque.

She indicated that on June 1, a group reportedly attacked Fuseini Moses, Nuhu Issah and Buyamini  Jebril  reportedly and inflicted injuries on them whilst Alhaji Mukadasu Ali was leading prayers at the mosque.

ASP Adiku said the police on Friday, June 2, provided security at the Central mosque during Muslim prayers, adding that the Regional Security Council (REGSEC) chaired by Dr. Kwaku Afriyie, Western Regional minister, met to find solution to the problem.

She said “They were asked to sign an undertaking not to disturb the peace and issued with warning letters to abide by the law.”

From Clement Adzei Boye, Sekondi

 

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