Sekondi Zongo Mosque clash suspects remanded

Some of the suspects

Some of the suspects

A  Takoradi Circuit Court on Tuesday remanded in prison custody 10 men, for their involvement in the violent clash between two Muslim groups at Sekondi Zongo Mosque, in Sekondi-Takoradi Metropolis, in the Western Region, on June 29 2017.

The violence was over the ownership of the mosque.

The accused Ahmed Ibrahim, Khalifa Cissey, Alhassan Abdulai, Aminatu Mohammed, Khassum Issah, Abdulai Rashid, Abdul Azziz, Aminu Serinu, Salim Issah and Huseini Yusif, have been charged with unlawful harm and acts intended to disturb peace.

They all pleaded not guilty and were remanded in prison custody, to reappear on Thursday,  July 20.

Meanwhile, the court, presided over by Rita Doko, has issued a bench warrant for the arrest of Maawia and Ballah, who took part in the violence but are at large.

According to the prosecution, at about 11.30 pm, on Thursday, June 29, the Sekondi Police received information from the Sekondi Zongo about the clash amidst gunshots in the community.

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

Eight of the accused: Salim Issah, Aminu Sirinu, Khassum Issah, Abdul Azziz, Abdul Rashid, Aminatu Mohammed, Alhassan Abdulai and  Halifa Cissey, later, 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 Maawia 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, it added.

But, following investigations, the police arrested the eight accused persons and others, on Friday, June 30, the prosecution stated.

There has been controversy between the Chief Imam, Sheikh Hassan Ali Hassan, and another group, led by an Islamic teacher, Alhaji Mukadasu Ali, over who has authority over the Sekondi Zongo mosque.

 

From Clement Adzei Boye, Takoradi

 

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