Workers flee Bunkpurugu

Many workers, including teachers, are fleeing Bunkprugu in the Bunkprugu-Yunyoo District of the Northern Region, following continued hostilities there that has already claimed three lives.

Some of the residents, especially women and children, were also said to have left the community to nearby villages, to escape from the ferocity that had engulfed the town since Sunday.

There had been gun battles between the Jafok and Jamong gates of the Bunkprugu traditional area since last Saturday.

The renewed clashes were triggered by the murder of two brothers, Kennedy Jukparuk and Bitian Fiibak, under mysterious circumstances.

About 25 compound houses have been completely burnt down and property worth several hundreds of Ghana cedis destroyed in the wake of the violence.

A resident of Bunkprugu, David Kansuuk told The Ghanaian Times in an interview that all schools in the town had closed since Monday.

According to him, goats and others domestic animals had taken over the classrooms and offices in the Bunkprugu.

Mr. Kansuuk said the market centres were also empty and quiet as businesses had come to a halt.

A teacher in Bunkprugu, Abukari Sullemana, who sought refuge in a nearby village told The Ghanaian Times that there were sporadic gunshots in the town at the wee hours of Tuesday.

Meanwhile, the Northern Regional Police Public Relation Officer, Assistant Superintendent of Police (ASP) Ebenezer Tetteh told The Ghanaian Times that calm had returned to the area.

According to him, a combined team of the police and military personnel were in control of the security situation.

ASP Tetteh indicated that security personnel had intensified patrol in Bunkprugu and the surrounding communities.

The Ghanaian Times gathered that the Bunkprugu-Yunyoo District Security Committee (DISEC) was liaising with the Northern Regional Security Council REGSEC) to review the curfew hours in the town.

From Yakubu Abdul-Majeed, Tamale

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