FORTY-FIVE people, mostly youngsters, have been apprehended by the police in connection with the Muslim youth and Tafo residents’ violent clashes a couple of days ago which led to the loss of lives and destruction of property.
ASP Mohammed Yussif Tanko, the Ashanti Regional Police PRO, disclosed that the 45 suspects were picked up at Tafo yesterday by armed police/military personnel.
He maintained that the 45 people, who the police believe played a leading role in the riot, were being detained and questioned, adding that those who would be found culpable would be prosecuted.
Speaking to DAILY GUIDE, the PRO gave the assurance that the joint military/police personnel who were dispatched to Tafo, were firmly in control of the situation, stressing that normalcy had been restored to the place.
ASP Tanko stated that intelligence picked up by the police indicated that Muslim youth domiciling in Zongo areas such as Aboabo, Asawase, Sawaba, Nima and Moshie Zongo, were planning to join their colleagues at Tafo to cause further mayhem.
He disclosed that the security agents had planned adequately “and we would use the appropriate force to face the people if they dare attempt to travel to Tafo to fuel violent clashes there.”
ASP Tanko therefore admonished the Muslim youth in Kumasi and the nearby areas to stay away from the Tafo issue in their own interest.
He asserted that the violent clashes which erupted at Tafo between Muslim youth and residents of Tafo over the construction of a fence wall at a cemetery, had been contained
The police PRO stated that the dusk to dawn curfew which was placed on Tafo to ensure law and order, would be extended to ensure that nobody disturbs the peace of the area.
ASP Tanko said the curfew would be lifted as and when the Regional Security Council (REGSEC) deems it fit, admonishing residents of the area, especially the youth, to be law abiding.
Army Chief Storms Tafo
Meanwhile, the Chief of Army Staff, Major General Opoku Adusei and Director General of Operations of the Ghana Police Service, COP Yohuno, vistited Tafo on Thursday in connection with the violent clashes at the place.
Accompanied by REGSEC members, including DCOP Kofi Boakye, Ashanti Regional Police Commander, the army chief went to the cemetery at Tafo where the construction of a fence wall had given rise to the fracas.
Major General Opoku Adusei and his entourage of security capos then moved to the Tafohene’s palace where they held a secret meeting, geared towards finding lasting peace to Tafo.
FROM I.F. Joe Awuah Jnr., Kumasi