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Police have arrested three persons and are currently pursuing others in connection with violent attacks on Mempeasem and Lukula communities in the Savannah Region by opposing factions in land and chieftaincy disputes.

According to the police, on 30th May 2023, a gang numbering about fifty invaded the Mempeasem community and kidnapped a 50-year-old man.

The gang, however, fled into the bush when the police responded to the attack.

The Police managed to rescue the kidnapped victim and retrieved one (1) AK-47 weapon together with 14 rounds of ammunition, seven (7) motorbikes and two (2) bicycles from the scene of the incident.

“A search for the suspects in the area led to a further retrieval of a bag containing 240 AK-47 ammunition,” police added in a statement.

“On 1st June 2023, the Police, while on patrols within the communities, responded to another distress call of an attack by another gang in the Lukula community”.

The said suspects who were on rampage, burning houses and shooting randomly, opened fire on the Police upon seeing them.

The Police immediately responded and succeeded in arresting three of the suspects, namely; Razak Sulemana, Musah Shanun and Karim Abdul Rafiuw.

“The three suspects, who sustained gunshot wounds during their arrest, are currently receiving treatment at a medical facility,” police added.

“A search conducted on them led to the retrieval of one (1) pump action gun, two (2) single barrel guns, one long knife, 80 live cartridges, some talismans and cowries”.

After restoring calm in the area, the Police said they had information that an 81-year-old man from the Lukula community was allegedly shot by the rampaging gang on his farm.

The Police proceeded to the farm, and with the help of his children, took him to the hospital where he was pronounced dead by the authorities.

The body has since been deposited at the hospital for preservation and autopsy.

“Following the Police encounter with the suspects and the subsequent arrests, some individuals believed to be sympathisers of those arrested, attacked the Daboya Police Station, causing damage to accident cars parked at the station and some louvre blades within the barracks. The Police, however, resisted the attack and took control of the situation”.

“Calm has since been restored and security has been strengthened in Daboya and its surrounding communities to forestall further attacks. Efforts are currently ongoing to get the perpetrators, including those who attacked the Police Station, arrested to face justice”.

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Meanwhile, residents of Lukula, Mempeasem, and surrounding areas have fled their homes following a renewed clash between members of the Gonja and Mamprusi tribes in Lukula, North Gonja District, Savannah Region.

The violence erupted after a man was shot and killed in the area.

The disturbance began on Thursday morning after days of tension in the community over the pending arrival of a rival from Daboya in the Wasipe Traditional Area.

Regional Minister, Saeed Jibril said many houses had been burnt, particularly in the Lukula community.

“There is nobody in the towns. People fled after the two traditional areas brought out their warriors to fight. Lukula is where the fighting actually happened in the early hours of Thursday morning, and that is why most of the houses in that town have been burnt.”

He added that security had been increased in the affected areas, although seven police officers who were transferred to the area were involved in a road traffic accident.

“We have deployed police officers to those two communities, in a joint operation between the North East Regional Police Command and the Savannah Regional Police Command. We were initially struggling with logistics, but we now have enough personnel and equipment. Unfortunately, the personnel were involved in an accident on their way to the two communities, and they were airlifted to the Tamale Teaching Hospital. The seven who were injured are doing well.”

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