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Seven arrested over bloody Nima gang shootout

Seven suspects have been arrested by the Ghana Police Service for their involvement in the violence that occurred at Nima on Tuesday, 18 January 2022.

Five of the suspects are in police custody at the headquarters of the Ghana police, while two are receiving treatment for injuries under police guard.

One injured victim known as Appiah, who was shot during the incident, is currently responding to treatment at the 37 Military Hospital.

Violence erupted at about 3:30 pm as dozens of young men engaged in a free-for-all fight with guns, machetes, clubs and knives, leaving several people seriously wounded.

Other suspects are being pursued at Nima, and its environs and the police have stressed their commitment “to get them arrested to face justice”.

According to the law enforcement agency, the clash was triggered by two gang leaders – Kumordzi, alias Ibrahim Hussein and Bombon, alias Ali Awudu.

“They are rivalry groups that never agreed on issues, and today [Tuesday], they went all out on the open streets of Nima,” Director-General of Police Public Affairs, ACP Kwesi Ofori, explained.

“We have nipped the violence in the bud. We are in control and would like to let the people know that the police are there at Nima to protect lives and property, and we will not give room for such criminals to disturb the peace and security of Nima”.

Some items have been retrieved, including ammunition, spent bullet shells and adapted implements to cause harm and injury.

The cause of the chaos is not immediately known, but videos shared on social media contained violent scenes akin to a war zone.

Gunshots could be heard in some of the videos as passersby screamed and ran for cover.

Dozens of police dressed in full riot gear wear deployed to the area.

A few hours later, the police released a short statement indicating that the violence had been quelled.

Nima is one of Ghana’s largest and oldest Zongo communities, with origins dating centuries ago.

It is known to be one of the flashpoints in the country which harbours gangs and hoodlums.

Below are some videos:

 

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