2 die following renewed chieftaincy clashes in Jantong

Two persons have died in renewed chieftaincy clashes and five others suffered injuries from gunshot wounds, in Jantong in the North East Gonja District of the Savannah Region.

Apart from the deaths and injuries, the incident which occurred in the early hours of Wednesday, resulted in the burning of some houses.

A joint police-cum-military enforcement has been deployed to the area to ensure calm.

The latest incident is as a result of long standing chieftaincy dispute between the people of Janton and Banvim, both in the North East Gonja District.

The District Security Council (DISEC) has been mediating the issue for the past three years.

According to the Salaga District Divisional Police Command, investigations have commenced into the matter, but no arrest had been made.    

It is recalled, that the Savannah Regional Coordinating Council (SRCC) in 2019, launched a campaign to purge the newly created region of chieftaincy conflicts towards development.

Five-member committee of eminent Gonja chiefs, constituted by the President of the Gonja Traditional Council, Yagbonwura Tuntumba Boresa I, has helped to resolve a chieftaincy dispute in the Sonyor Traditional Area in the Bole District.

The Savannah Regional Minister, Mr Salifu Adam Braimah, entreated the committee, chaired by the Buipewura, Abudulai Jinapor II, to resolve similar conflicts in other parts of the region.

Mr Braimah urged the committee to focus on cases at Damongo, Bole, Kafaba, Kablima and Mankango.

He called on the chiefs and people in those areas to emulate the example of the people of Sonyor.

The Sonyor dispute was between two rival chiefs, Amadu Bakari Kanyiti and Saaka Be-Awurbe.  Though, both of them claimed legitimacy to the Sonyor Skin, the committee arrived at a decision that Amadu Bakari Kanyiti was the legitimate Sonyorwura.

Chief Be-Awurbe is said to have accepted the outcome of the mediation and pledged to support Sonyorwura Amadu Bakari Kanyiti to ensure peace and development.

In a another development, residents and traders at Highways, a suburb in Bawku in the Upper East Region, have suffered injuries after a joint police-military team attempted to eject traders from the street and move them to the main market.

In the process, the team destroyed meals being sold by food vendors and pushed down motorcycles as windscreens were also smashed.

“We were here at Highways when the soldiers and police came and started beating us. They destroyed motor tricycles, tables and started chasing us,” one trader told journalists.

 “The soldiers started beating me up and destroyed all the food I had prepared for sale this morning. And it is this food I sell to take care of my children, and they have destroyed everything, what am I going to do?, asked a food vendor.

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