Pres announces compensation package for Hohoe riot victims

President addressing the crowd at HohoePresident John Mahama has announced a surprise compensation package for people affected by the 2012 riot between indigenes of Hohoe and the Zongo community in the Hohoe municipality.

The President made the announcement on Wednesday whilst addressing the chiefs and people of Hohoe as part of his six-day campaign tour of the Volta Region.

The President did not mention how much compensation would be given and how many victims would benefit from the compensation.

He, however, stated that the processes have begun to identify the victims who would benefit from the compensation.

On June 11, 2012 a minor misunderstanding between youth from Hohoe-Zongo and indigenes culminated into a full blown violence which left two dead, hundreds injured and thousands displaced.

Some Muslim youth were reported to have attacked and vandalised the Hohoe hospital, accusing authorities there of not releasing the body of a Muslim youth who had died through electrocution.

The attack angered the Gbi Traditional Council which then announced a ban on the burial of the Muslim youth.

Coincidentally a chief imam within the municipality died around the same time and had to be buried in accordance with Muslim tradition. He was buried but his body was later exhumed and thrown into a bush by some unidentified persons suspected to be indigenes.

The action infuriated the Muslim youths who took the law into their own hands and attacked the Gbi Traditional Council.

The palace of Togbui Gaabusu was invaded, parts of his regalia stolen and properties were destroyed. The indigenes loyal to the Volta Chief also embarked on a reprisal, looting and burning shops and houses owned by the Muslims in the area.

The Chief of Gbi, Togbui Gaabusu gave a 48-hour ultimatum for the Muslim youths to return the stolen regalia or face the consequences. He was ready to go the full hog but was prevailed upon.

It took a combined effort of the military and other security personnel, the presidency, the national chief Imam to restore calm in the area, but not before a dawn to dusk curfew was imposed.

A ten-member committee was constituted in October 2012, chaired by Justice Patrick Baayeh, a Ho High Court Judge to investigate the cause of the clashes.

The committee sat for 33 days, took evidence from 132 people and presented its report to the government in February 2013.



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