General News of Monday, 5 February 2018
A group calling itself the Nanumba Youth Association (NAYA), has expressed concern about the mounting insecurity in Bimbilla and its environs, and has appealed to government to as a matter of urgency, take actions that would calm tensions and restore peace.
The group also indicated that, the security personnel stationed in Bimbilla are few, hence their inability to arrest perpetrators of grievous crimes in the area including suspected murder.
The President of the Nanumba Youth Association, Dr. Hafiz Taher, said the recent arm attacks on residents are all connected to the chieftaincy issues, and appealed to the security agencies to react swiftly to ensure sanity. “We think that the earlier we address those concerns the better. Experience will tell us that once there is a feud especially a chieftancy case where you have two factions, once there is an attack from one side, the tendency is that the other side will also prepare and then would want to retaliate, and there will be reprisal attacks” Dr. Hafiz Taher said.
Curfew reviewed after sporadic gunfire
The Ministry of Interior has reviewed the curfew it imposed on the Bimbilla Township following recent reports of sporadic gunfire in the area.
The curfew, which previously spanned six hours from 10:00pm to 4:00am, has been reviewed to the period from dusk to dawn [6:00pm to 6:00am] effective today, Friday, January 12, 2018.
“The Minister of the Interior has on the advice of the Northern Regional Security Council and by Executive Instrument reviewed the existing curfew hours for Bimbilla Township from 10:00pm to 4:00am to 6:00pm to 6:00am effective this Friday, January 12, 2018,” the Minister of Interior Ambrose Dery said.
Two arrested in connection with Bimbilla shooting
Two persons were also arrested in connection with a recent shooting in Bimbilla which left three persons dead and seven others hospitalized.
The Northern Regional Security Council deployed a 30-man security reinforcement team to the area on Friday following the incident.
Supreme Court hearing begins February 13
The Supreme Court has said it will hear the case relating to the Bimbilla chieftaincy dispute on February 13, 2018
The case was sent to the Supreme Court by the late Nakpaa Naa Salifu Dawuni after the National House of Chiefs ruled against him at Kumasi in the Ashanti Region.
Bimbilla, over the last 15 years, has been engulfed in a chieftaincy conflict which has led to clashes between the various factions, and has claimed over forty lives, including women and children.