Chereponi Violence : Police Ban Use Of Motorbikes

The use of motorbikes has been banned with immediate effect in the Chereponi and Saboba districts of the Northern Region.

The decision by the Northern regional Security Council, follows the escalation of the violence clash between Konkombas and Anufors over a disputed land. Several Houses were torched yesterday as angry members of the two factions defied Police orders, forcing residents to flee to neighbouring communities.

A signed by Regional Minister, Salifu Saeed however says health workers, teachers, public servants and women are exempted.

Yesterday the Chereponi District Assembly was shut down after a senior officer of the Assembly was attacked and nearly killed in the ongoing protracted ethnic land violence. Alhaji Alhassan Fuseini, the District Coordinating Director was attacked on his way from the district capital by angry suspected Konkombas at a village called Karinkuuka near Wapuli in the nearby Saboba district.

He was accompanying a small number of security forces transporting a victim of the violence to the Yendi hospital when the angry mob ambushed them at the village. The attackers opened multiple fire on the vehicle and grounded it before targeting the occupants.

Alhaji Alhassan Fuseini sustained gunshots wounds and had to be taken back to Chereponi for treatment after the outnumbered security men struggled to counter the attack.

The grounded official vehicle abandoned in the village was later burnt totally by the villagers. Following the incident, two senior staff have confirmed that the assembly has “unofficially” been closed “till further notice”.

The renewed clashes started on Saturday afternoon after some Anufors allegedly set fire on a farmland belonging to Konkombas at a village known as Tumbu in Saboba. Konkombas who rushed to the scene were allegedly fired, fuelling further violence the spread to the volatile Chereponi district and spread overnight to several villages.

At least more than five people have officially been confirmed dead but locals are reporting huge casualty figures.

Violence still raging in many far-flung villages, according to residents. On Wednesday morning, police announced that 16 persons were arrested in different locations and over a dozen weapons seized.



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