70-year old shot dead in Bunkpurugu as residents flee over fresh clashes

A seventy-year-old man has been confirmed dead from gunshot and another injured in a renewed chieftaincy violence Sunday night and Monday morning in Bunkpurugu in the Northern Region, Police say

The injured, a 25-year-old student of the Bunkpurugu-Yooyoo Senior high School, is currently on admission at the Nalerigu Baptist Medical Centre. TV3 sources say some of the residents are fleeing the town for the fear of their lives while others are seeking refuge at the Police Station.

No arrest has been made yet in the situation which the Police has described as “fluid”. Northern Regional Police PRO, ASP Ebenezer Tetteh told TV3‘s Wendy Laryea on Midday Live that the Police was trying to stabilise the sitatuation before it considers arresting culprits.

“What we can do now is to stabilize the situation and ensure that life and property is protected because the shooting itself is accompanied by burning of houses… . Ours is to ensure that there is semblance of law and order and there is total peace in the area which will be conducive for arrest,” he stated.

Fresh sporadic gunfire has erupted Monday morning in Bunkpurugu in the Northern Region where two families clashed Sunday night over a renewed chieftaincy dispute that left one person injured and houses destroyed.

The Jamongs family, which is claiming title to the Bunkpurugu Skin, has been questioning the legitimacy of the ruling Jafoks family over the years. The renewed clashes was triggered by the missing and subsequent death of two people – Kennedy Moajin and Bitian Piibak, both 22 years- from the Jamong Family.

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Although was restored, firing of gunshots started again Monday morning. “We have deployed Policemen to Bunkpurugu-Yooyooo. As we speak now they are on the way. Meanwhile, we have men on the ground who are patrolling; trying to ensure that the situation does not escalate further,” ASP Tetteh said.


By Stephen Kwabena Effah|3news.com|Ghana
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