The New Patriotic Party led by its Upper East Regional Chairman, Lawyer Anthony Namoo has donated items running into thousands of Ghana-cedis to individuals from Sherigu who were remanded at the Navrongo Prisons.
The Upper East Regional Communication Director for the NPP, Peter Ayinbisa explained that “the donation by the NPP to youth of Sherigu who were remanded in prison custody for two weeks for their involvement in the Sherigu Fulani disturbances two weeks ago. The party visited them in Navrongo and donated assorted food items and drinks to them today.”
The items included bags of rice, gallons of oil, assorted drinks, packs of water, tinned fish, salt, spices and a cash amount of Ghc2,000.
It would be recalled that after a protest against the police in the Bolgatanga Municipality took a violent turn, resulting in approximately 15 individuals sustaining injuries from rubber bullets. The incident unfolded during ongoing tensions between residents of Sherigu community and Fulanis in the area.
Reports suggest that the victims were allegedly shot by the police when a group of youth gathered at the Bolgatanga District Police Station to protest the arrest of six individuals. The arrested individuals were accused of orchestrating an attack on a Fulani settlement near the community. It was further alleged that they had planned a second assault, targeting both the Fulanis and the Sherigu Chief.
Weeks ago, residents demanded the Fulanis to vacate the community. The accusations against the Fulanis included involvement in armed robbery incidents that resulted in the death of one person. The residents also accused the Fulanis of allowing their cattle to destroy crops, leading to growing frustration and the demand for their expulsion.
As a response to the initial protest, the police arrested six individuals believed to be the ringleaders. However, this arrest further angered the youth, resulting in a larger protest that ultimately led to the injury of 15 individuals due to rubber bullets. Subsequently, the police conducted a swoop and arrested an additional 61 individuals in connection with the disturbances.
Source: A1radioonline.com|101.1MHz|Mark Kwasi Ahumah Smith|Ghana