A Tamale High Court has sentenced an activist of the opposition New Patriotic Party (NPP) to death by hanging.
The court, presided over by His Lordship Justice L L Mensah, also sentenced four others; Abibu Dagbana, Majeed Alhassan, Alhassan Sayibu and Imoro Gundaana to 36 years imprisonment each.
Supporters of the two largest parties in the country clashed in front of the old butchers’ house at the Tamale Central Market on February 17, 2009 after rising tensions boiled over. The accused persons and others at large were allegedly involved in sporadic shootings on that fateful day, which led to the death of one Abdul Rashid Mohammed with several others sustaining serious gunshot wounds.
According to reports, in the course of the clash, 27 houses were burnt, vehicles, motorbikes and other valuables belonging to NPP members in Gumbihini, Choggu and other surrounding communities in the Tamale metropolis were also destroyed.