John Kudalor, Chief Alhaji Osman and others on an inspection
A delegation led by the acting Inspector General of Police (IGP) John Kudalor, Northern Regional Police Commander (DCOP) Ken Yeboah, Chief of Army Staff, Major General Richard Kwame Opoku Adusei, COP Christian Tetteh Yohuno visited Bunkpurugu-Yunyoo to ascertain the level of destruction that took place in the area in renewed clashes and to find a lasting solution to the conflict.
Other members of the delegation were the Commanding Officer of the Sixth Infantry Battalion, Lieutenant Colonel William Kwabiah, Chief Director of Northern Regional Coordinating Council (RCC) Alhaji Issahaku Alhasan, Chief Alhaji Osman, Deputy National Security Coordinator.
The delegation paid a courtesy call on Nayiri, the overlord of the Mamprusi Traditional Area to announce their presence in the area.
The delegation met the District Security Committee (DISEC), which is chaired by the Bunkpurugu District Chief Executive, Laary Thomas, who briefed them about the situation in the area.
Chief Alhaji Osman Deputy National Security Coordinator with the IGP
Mr. John Kudalor said the President was unhappy with happenings in the area.
The police and military can come to Bunkpurugu with all they have to restore peace and order but lasting peace, tranquility and co-existence must be promoted by the inhabitants of the town because they cannot be in the area always.
“We came to restore order and leave, and I am very sure that all those here are from different places.”
Mr. John Kudalor indicated that without peace, there cannot be development and when there is fear and panic, people cannot go to their farms and schools.
“The message is simple that we the security forces can play our part but it can never be complete unless the main stakeholders, including the DCE, Chief of Bunkpurugu and the two factions come together to smoke a peace pipe.’
Chief of Bunkpurugu
The Chief of Bunkpurugu Naa Alhaji Abuba Nasinmong said that he wished the delegation had come to the area because of another issue.
He indicated that the clashes started in 2007 when his father, the late Chief of Bunkpurugu passed on and the Nayiri enskinned him as the chief of Bunkpurugu.
According to the chief, the other faction disagreed with the decision of the Nayiri and decided to take the matter to court.
“I want to take this opportunity to thank your personnel for the good work they are doing here to ensure that there is peace in the area.’
He stated categorically that the peace of the area depends on the court case which is now in the ninth year.
He appealed to the President and the security agencies to ensure that the court speed up work and come out with the decision as to who is the rightful occupant of the skin to bring lasting peace to the area.
The Jamon Family
Elisha Naan, the spokesperson of the Jamon Family, said that the Catholic Dioceses called both Jamon and Jafouk Families to Bolgatanga for mediation and advised them to promote peace in the area.
From Eric Kombat, Bunkpurugu-Yunyoo