About 20 people have been arrested in connection with the chieftaincy clashes that occurred at Sakai in the Sissala East Municipality of the Upper West Region.
Inspector Gideon Ohene Boateng, the Public Relations Officer of the Upper West Regional Police Command, who disclosed this in an interview with Citi News said peace has been restored in the community while some personnel have been detailed to patrol the area to avert any recurrence.
“We had information that something was going on. Police personnel were detailed. As we speak, about 20 have been arrested and detained. Swift investigations are underway and the Regional Police Commander has ordered that after investigations, whoever is found culpable should be taken to court.”
“We have enough security men on the ground and I can assure the public on behalf of the Police Command that there should be no fear and panic as we are committed to protecting them to ensure that peace prevails,” he added.
At least four persons have sustained varying degrees of cutlass wounds in a violent chieftaincy clash.
The incident which happened on Sunday evening at about 4:30 pm has also left several others, particularly women in fear and panic after a heavy joint police-military team raided the area to restore calm.
The Sissala East Municipal Police Commander, ASP Stephen Abanga, said the four injured persons are currently receiving treatment at the Sissala East Municipal hospital in Tumu.
He said investigations have since been launched to arrest the perpetrators of the clash.
Citi News sources indicate that the Sissala East Municipal Chief Executive (MCE), Karim Nanyua went into an emergency security council meeting with the various security agencies to find a swift solution to the impasse.
Frequent Chieftaincy issues
Issues of chieftaincy dispute keep reoccurring in the Northern parts of the country.
In most cases, residents are left with no other option than to flee the affected communities.
Last week at Choggu-Naa Kuraa for instance, two persons died as a result of gunshot wounds in a chieftaincy dispute.
Usually, these disputes are protracted ones lingering for years and triggering violence.
The various regional security councils have resorted to placing curfews on the communities in order to maintain law and order and protect the safety of residents.