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The chief of Shigu, a suburb of Tamale in the Northern Region, was reportedly killed by unknown

assailants Monday, March 22 at about 7:30 pm.

The police have confirmed the incident and say they are investigating it.

Joy FM’s Northern Regional correspondent, Mahama Shaibu, reports the slain chief had visited a friend and on his return, some unknown people ambushed and hacked him from the neck.

The Shigu chief was enskinned by the chief of Sanarigu amidst protestations a few months ago.

The family of the predecessor of the slain chief resisted the enskinment, arguing they had not performed the final funeral rites of the deceased’s successor.

For them, enskinning a chief while his predecessor’s final funeral rites had not been performed was alien to, and inconsistent with, Dagbon customs and traditions.

It is however unclear whether the resistance had anything to do with the murder of the Shigu chief.

Reports say there is general fear in the area following the incident.

Mahama Shaibu says a contingent of police and military personnel has been deployed to the area to maintain peace.

Story by Malik Abass Daabu

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