A chamber and hall flat of a fire service officer was last night set on fire by some unknown young men in the Lamashegu community, a suburb of Tamale.
According to the caretaker of the house, the young men were aiming at a police officer who is also a tenant in the house.
The fire has destroyed portions of the veranda ceiling and some items in the house.
Tenants believe the incident is connected to the clash between the police and some residents of Lamashegu which resulted in the death of one person and left several others injured.
Narrating the incident to Citi News, Awal Yasir, the caretaker of the house, said; “Yesterday [Monday] evening, I heard someone knocking heavily on a door in the house mentioning someone’s name. I came out to meet one of my tenant’s veranda on fire, we got water to quench the fire. After the fire was put out, we noticed a gallon of petrol and matches around the veranda, indicating that someone intentionally came to do that.”
“The room she lives in now used to house a policeman who has moved into another room. Probably the person still thinks the police officer still lives in that room.”
Meanwhile, the Assembly Member, Mashud Musa of the Lamashegu community has condemned the action of the perpetrators.
“It is very bad, the police are here for us, and we are here for them too. Even if there are misunderstandings between both parties, we should sit and settle them amicably.”
The tension in Tamale and its environs is currently calm.
There has been unrest for the past three days in the Northern Regional capital after some police officers got into a fight with the residents, leaving one person dead and several others injured.
This has left the youth angry with the police.