5 arrested, 4 wounded over Bawku violence

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The police in the Upper East Region have apprehended five individuals suspected to be involved in sporadic gunshots in Bawku.

The shooting incident, which occurred on Sunday 21st February, rendered four persons injured with the victims receiving treatment at the Bawku Presbyterian Hospital.

According to Bawku Divisional Police Commander Chief Superintendent Tefutor Kaletsi, a misunderstanding over the renovation of a private mosque led to the incident.

“Around 10:30pm on Sunday, we heard gun shots at a part of Bawku known as Puusum where there is an old land issue between one Mallam Alhaji Abubakari and some members of the community. He [Mallam Alhaji Abubakari] is just renovating his private mosque by building it with blocks so a group of people from the community asked him to stop the construction works. So when I got the information, I contacted the Chief Imam there to help resolve the matter and also spoke to the parties involved to remain calm so that urgent steps would be taken to resolve the matter amicably,” he explained.

The police commander added: “It so happened that the group of community members went to the home of Abubakari and amidst gunshots and machetes attacked his family and wounded three people. So a joint military-police team swiftly responded and brought the situation under control. For now, the place is calm, however there are four people who are injured and are responding to treatment at the Bawku Hospital and we have also arrested five people who we are interrogating,” he stated in an interview with Citi FM.

Source: ClassFMonline

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