By Mufti Habibu (PRO GLYA)
Following news of gunshots leading to the death of 2 in Lukula, a community in the North Gonja District of Savannah region, the Savannah Regional Minister Hon. Salifu Adam Braimah on Friday 16th of August 2019 led a combined team of police and military to ascertain the situation. Also in the team is the Deputy Regional minister (Hon Samuel Tika) who hails from the area, Hon. Adam Eliasu Bawa DCE for North Gonja, the DCE for Mampurgu/Kabure Hon Abu Adam and the the Regional police commander for Savannah region DCOP/MR. Enoch Adutwum Bediako.
On arrival, the team met the Assembly man of Lukula who lead them to the elders of the community.
According to the elders, the issue is over a mosque being fought over by the Mamprusi community. They added that Yakubu Amadu a farmer aged 40 who sustained cutlass wounds on the head died on the way to Sandema Hospital at about 1700HRS, While Yakubu Alidu also a Farmer Aged 37, Was Shot in the rib and died instantly at Lukula. Both bodies were examined by a Medical Assistant Of Kubore Hospital. Bodies have since been released to the bereaved families for burial in accordance with the Islamic customs.
They reiterated that the sad situation had nothing to do with Gonjas and Mamprusis in Lukula. It was also confirmed that a number of people sustained various injuries.
On the other hand, police investigations revealed initially that, two youth groups all Mamprusis, engaged in the fight. The victims were among a group sent by the Chief of Lukula to invite the other group for reconstructing a Mosque without informing him(The Chief). Prior to the call by the chief, the other group were already conveying Some blocks to the site. The Chief’s messengers confronted them and this led into the deadly Fight.
While assuring stakeholders of his support to amicably resolve the impasse, between the Mamprusi community, he also expressed his disappointment in the entire uproar. He reminded residents of the poor status of their community and urged them to embrace peace to pave way for them to benefit from the numerous pro-poor Government interventions. “We could have accessed this community through Daboya but due to poor road network we have to go through Walewale and these are the situation we have to focus on “. says the minister.
The Regional commander on his part stated that it is never in the interest of the police to introduce measures that will curtail the free movement of people in the Lukula community. He pleaded with everyone to remain calm so that a lasting resolution of the situation could be arrived at.
The community has since been deserted by all suspects mentioned by the bereaved families.