2 die in renewed Bunkpurugu clashes; hundreds flee
The Northern Regional Police PRO ASP Ebenezer Tetteh has confirmed the death of two persons in the troubled Bunkprugu township after renewed clashes that lasted for hours between Wednesday night and Thursday dawn.
The fight between the Jamong and Jafog (two Konkomba) clans in the area also resulted in the torching of several houses.
According to a resident (name withheld) whose father’s house was torched, hundreds of residents of Bunkprugu township have fled the area.
He narrated that the sporadic gun shooting lasted for several hours in an area where there is curfew.
He accused security operatives in Bunkprugu of their apathy towards picking early warning signals to curtail such renewed clashes.
He admonished government to re-strategize and find a permanent solution to the age-long impasse between the two feuding Konkomba clans.
The two combatants have constantly been fighting over chieftaincy and other related matters.
It will be recalled that two persons died while 24 houses were burnt down during similar clashes on Sunday April 12, 2015.
The Interior Ministry upon the advice of the Northern Regional Security Council (RECSEC) on December 29, 2015 renewed the curfew from 8pm to 6 am.
President John Dramani Mahama at the Damba festival in Mamprugu land called for permanent ceasefire in Bunkprugu.
According to him, the incessant deadly feud between the two Jamong and Jafog clans is affecting his government’s transformational agenda in the Northern Region.
President Mahama emphasized the need for peaceful co-existence in some identified conflict zones in the Northern Region.