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Arrested land guards Issue death threats from police cells

Source The Ghana Report

Armed land guards arrested for clashing with residents of Gambaga have issued a death threat from police custody.

The group were apprehended last week after a clash with the residents led to the shooting of two persons in the North East region.

In a video recorded from the cell they are held  at Gambaga, the suspects insisted on their ownership of a parcel of land that is at the centre of the clash.

Led by a supposed private land developer, the group threatened to meet with “fire” and “kill” anyone who attempts to take the disputed land from them.

They are suspected to have sneaked the mobile phone used for recording the video into the cell, upon their return from Court in Tamale on Saturday.

Individuals who have seen the video are demanding Police on duty be investigated.

No official comments on the incident yet.

Meanwhile, the North East Regional Minister has denied the government is in support of the activities of the private developer after residents speculated that he was backed by some individuals in the government.

Speaking before the overlord of Mamprugu, Naa Abdulai Bohagu, and the Vice President Dr Mahamudu Bawumia, Mr Yidana said those arrested would face the full rigours of the law if found guilty.

12 suspected land guards were arrested at Gambaga in the East Mamprusi municipality of the North East region on Wednesday, September 28, 2022.

The suspected land guards were arrested when they clashed with residents at Gambaga leading to the shooting of two persons in the process.

Police retrieved about 1,000 pieces of live ammunition, 2 pump action guns, 2 Ak47 rifles, 1 foreign pistol, and machetes among others.

A private developer known as Tanko Fatau is said to have encroached a land belonging to the East Mamprusi assembly which resulted in the demolition of some parts of the building last year.

The developer was, therefore, cautioned about the encroachment but he failed to comply and brought the suspected land guards to protect workers whiles the building was ongoing.

Some community members who attempted to stop the private developer from working on the land confronted him which resulted in the clash.

The suspects were arraigned at the Tamale circuit court the day after their arrest.

 

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