Police grab 35 people over land dispute in Wa

The Police on Monday arrested 35 people, including two women, for engaging in violence over  disputed parcel of  land, being used for sand winning, at Chansa and Nakori, in the Wa Municipality of the Upper West Region.

 

The suspects reportedly assaulted residents, and police personnel, who attempted to restore calm to the communities, where the brawl had been brooding for more than five years now.

 

Deputy Superintendent of Police (DCP) Vincent Appiah, Wa Municipal Police Commander, who confirmed the arrest to THEGhana News Agency,

said the suspects also caused extensive destruction to farm produce, and blocked roads, denying road users access.

 

He said three people from Nakori on September 26, reported that they were attacked by 30 people, when they went to win sand with their tipper truck.

 

DSP Appiah indicated that when the police arrested the suspects, some disgruntled Nakori youth demanded the release of the suspects and threatened to burn down the police vehicle.

 

He said the police refused to release the suspects, but the youth forcefully opened the police vehicle and set free their colleagues.

 

DSP Appiah said all the suspects, including two women, who assaulted the police, who were deployed to the communities to restore peace, had been remanded into prison custody and will reappear before the Wa Magistrate court for rioting.

 

He admonished the public to desist from obstructing law abiding citizens from accessing public places. – GNA

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