Sayeegu, Sambiluk clash: Residents flee

Mr. Ambrosse Dery — Minister of Interior

Mr. Ambrosse Dery — Minister of Interior

Residents of Sayeegu and Sambiluk in the Bunkprugu-Yunyoo District of the Northern Region are fleeing the communities, following the renewed communal clash between people of the two areas, on Sunday.

The chief of Sayeegu Woobjung Komoutan, his eldest son, his brother and an elder at the palace were killed on Sunday on their farm.

Though the cause of the gun battle between the two factions was yet to be established, some people attributed it to a land dispute between the two communities.

The killing of the chief and his people triggered a gun battle between the people of Sayeegu and Sambiluk, who are involved in a long standing land dispute.

The Northern Regional Police Commander, Assistant Commissioner of Police (ACP) Patrick Aduse Sarpong in an interview with The Ghanaian Times yesterday, said no single person was seen in any of the two communities.

“No single person was seen in any of the two communities as at yesterday Monday when the reinforcement team arrived at the scene,” he stated.

ASP Sarpong revealed that it was only the combined team of police and military personnel that were in the area.

He said the security personnel have not made any arrest in connection with the shooting and killings.

ACP Sarpong, however, said the security personnel there were making frantic efforts to apprehend perpetuators of the crime.

The regional police commander said adequate security personnel have been sent to the area, to prevent any further hostilities.

A resident of Nakpanduri, in the district, Yaw Kambasuck, told The Ghanaian Times that there was still firing of guns at the outskirts of the two communities expressing fear that “there is the likelihood of reprisal attacks in the coming day” and urged the security to monitor the situation closely.

There had been frequent ethnic and communal clashes in Bunkprugu and Nakpanduri over land, and some lives have been lost in the area as a result of the protracted conflict.

Farms, houses and market sheds were burnt in those conflicts.

From Yakubu Abdul-Majeed, Tamale.

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