Police swoop on Old Tafo over violence

DCOP,Kofi Boakye

DCOP,Kofi Boakye

An unspecified number of youth of Old Tafo in Kumasi were yesterday rounded up by the police in connection with the clashes that ensued between the youth of Zongo and Akans, which resulted in the death of Hamisu Suleman, while several others were injured.

The arrested youth included both the Zongo and Akan youth, who were arrested in their houses.

The Police, however, declined to give specific details, but it was believed the suspects, included some ring leaders, Nurudeen, Fulani and Haruna, who were captured on video wielding machetes and other dangerous implements.

One person was killed during the clash which was sparked off as a result of the fencing of a cemetery said to belong to the Zongo community.

The deceased was said to have been stabbed in the stomach.

The fencing was said to have been extended to an area belonging to the Tafo traditional council, and when the chief, Nana Agyin Frimpong II, allegedly approached them, he was greeted with severe beatings by the Zongo youth.

This provoked the Akan youth and they decide to demonstrate and pull down the fence, which was met with resistance from the Zongo youth.

Meanwhile, the chief of the Zongo community of Old Tafo, has condemned the clashes that ensued between the youth groups in the area.

Alhaji Seidu Chibsah told journalists in Kumasi that the action of the youth groups was unacceptable and unjustifiable.

One Mosque, two church buildings and  another property were destroyed, but Alhaji Chibsah, who was in Accra then, was of the belief that there were different interest groups fighting, and said he was surprised how a Muslim group would destroy a mosque.

He urged the youth of the area to remain calm and promised to lead the  Zongo youth to apologise to the traditional authorities.

On the other hand, the Ashanti Regional Security Council (REGSEC) was contemplating sending reinforcement from the Brong Ahafo Region to prevent violence spreading to other communities in the city.

Mr. Peter Anarfi Mensah, outgoing Ashanti Regional Minister, told the media yesterday morning, that REGSEC had intelligence that the violence could escalate.

He said the REGSEC would maintain the curfew imposed on the town to ensure peace.

“We do not want the situation to escalate and spread to other areas in the Region. This is important because investigations conducted yesterday revealed that one of the factions actually transported people from elsewhere to help in the clash”.

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