Daboya Unrest: Residents demand withdrawal of police

Source The Ghana Report

The Wasipe Youth Forum, a pressure group in the North Gonja District of the Savanna Region, has called on National Security to withdraw police deployment from the Daboya community.

The police arrested four suspects in the early hours of Saturday, June 17, after an earlier swoop which saw 118 suspects arrested this month.

In their bid to register their displeasure over the recent arrests and what they described as continuous abuse and torture of residents, the aggrieved youth thronged the principal streets of Daboya, burning lorry tyres to demonstrate.

“Their Rambo style of arresting innocent residents is unprofessional, and an outright infringement on our human rights and the National Peace Council must intervene,” the group said.

“We believe in our minds that some big names at the presidency are hiding behind the camera to sponsor the rift between Gonjas and Mamprusis.

“The torture and brutality meted out to our people by the police is an indication they have the backing of some bigwigs.

“We are saddened that till now, the security, despite all the ill-treatment and brutality imposed on the people, cannot tell the reason for their actions.”

A renewed clash between members of the Gonja and Mamprusi tribes in the North Gonja District in the Savannah Region erupted after a man was shot and killed in the area.

The disturbance began on Thursday, June 1, after days of tension in the community over the pending arrival of a rival from Daboya in the Wasipe Traditional Area.

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