Ghana security officials fail to disarm fighting groups

Accra- Ghana (PANA) -- Security agencies sent to the northeastern corner of Ghana to restore calm in fighting between two ethnic groups on Saturday said it has been difficult to disarm them.
They said members of the ethnic community at Bawku, some 830 kilometres north of Accra, were not willing to give correct information that would lead to the retrieval of arms.
Although security officials have cordoned off several areas and conducted searches, they have found nothing.
They said false information also led them to dig areas which turned out to be graves.
The security agencies warned that although there was calm because of their presence, fighting would erupt again when they were withdrawn.
At least 29 people have been killed in the fighting and 53 people have been arrested.
Forty-eight of them appeared before the Regional Tribunal during the week and were remanded in prison custody.
For security reason, the accused were transferred to prisons in Brong Ahafo, Eastern and Ashanti regions in the south.
At least 50 houses were burnt during the ethnic clash between the Kusasis and Mamprusis communities.
The worst affected areas were Dauri, Misega and Zoko where most of the people, sensing danger, fled.
Food barns were burnt down and there is general shortage of food.
Immediate food supplies are needed to save people from starving.
An uneasy calm prevails in the town where a dusk to dawn curfew is still in force.
The security agencies are patrolling the town and have moved to nearby towns and villages to prevent trouble starting there.
The fighting started at the weekend following an argument between two young men from either side of the ethnic groups.

08 december 2001 16:47:00

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