Tafo clashes: Empty classrooms force closure of schools

Academic work in some schools has been affected at Tafo in the Ashanti Region, following violent clashes on Wednesday between indigenes and Muslim youth that left one dead and several injured.

Clashes in the area over a piece of cemetery land led to the death of 25 year old Aminu Suleman while scores of residents were wounded and property destroyed.

The attack extended to destruction of property in churches and a mosque.

The Ashanti Regional Security Council subsequently placed a dusk to dawn curfew on the town which it says will be reviewed as and when the situation changes.

Meanwhile, when Citi News’ Ashanti Regional Correspondent, Hawa Iddrisu who visited the area on Thursday, reports that some school authorities have shut down in fear of further attacks.

Some teachers told Citi News they closed down the schools because most pupils were absent.

He said, “Parents are not comfortable with the security in the area. If they allow the children to come, they don’t know what will happen afterwards.”

Another teacher said they asked the few children that turned up to go home “because of the clashes.”

“When we came today, there were no children there so we had to close and go home. They are afraid of what happened yesterday [Wednesday] since it could be repeated today [Thursday],” another teacher added.

A pupil who was seen loitering around told Citi News she had been asked to go home because her colleagues were absent lamenting that “what happened was terrible and because of that some parents don’t want their children to come to school because they might get hurt.”

Another one who had some of her school’s property destroyed ,called for peace to allow them return to school.

Earlier the same Thursday, scores of young people gathered in front of the chief’s palace, prepared to defend the chief in anticipation of another attack by the Muslim community.

The Muslim youth were angry a fence wall around their cemetery land was demolished by the traditional authority.

The Muslims had accused the traditional authority of illegal sale of their cemetery land which they had fenced to prevent encroachment, yet the fence was demolished.

By: Godwin A. Allotey/citifmonline.com/Ghana

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