Two rival chiefs and 24 others have been arrested by the police at Yong Dakpemyill near Tamale following last Sunday’s violent clashes between them.
Northern Regional Crime Officer of the Ghana Police Service, Superintendent Otuo Acheampong who confirmed the arrest to MyNewsGh.com, revealed that the suspects include Fuseini Chimsi and Mohammed Chimsi, who are both holding themselves as chief of Yong.
According to him, the suspects were arrested for causing
unlawful damages to buildings and rioting with offensive weapons.
All of them will be arraigned before the Tamale Circuit
court this morning [March 31, 2020].
It would be recalled that one person was severely injured and at least two houses burnt after heavy gunfire exchanges erupted between two rival chieftaincy factions last Sunday.
The two factions have been
fighting over the Yong skin after one side rejected a successor chief selected
by the Dakpema of Tamale Naa Fuseini Bawa they accused of taking
bribe and favoring one side against the other.
Around 6pm, last Sunday the
fighting started after the resisting faction tried to stop the construction of
a new chief palace in the small village.
After an initial gun battle which went uninterrupted for
almost an hour, the police was called in but the security left the community
after few patrols and fighting resumed afterwards went on overnight.
Source: MyNewsGh.com/Stephen Zoure/2020