A Nalerigu District Magistrate Court, presided over by Robert Agbleze, has remanded one Manyere Badjuari, 40, into prison custody to re-appear on June 28, 2012.
The suspect, who is facing a provisional charge of possessing firearms and ammunitions without lawful authority, was among 25 persons arrested during the recent skirmishes that broke out at Nakpanduri and Kpemeli in the Bunkpurugu-Yunyoo District.¬†
According to the facts of the case, the accused person is a farmer based¬†at Chanska in the East Mamprusi District.¬†
On June 6, 2012, Konkombas and Bimobas clashed at Kpemale, a village near Nakpanduri over a parcel of land, which later degenerated into a serious conflict and led to the death of some people.
Reports¬†say arms and ammunitions are being smuggled into the area to aid the warring factions.¬†
As a result of the severity of the incident, which led to the death of three persons including an 18-year-old JHS pupil, Moses Diam, a joint police and military taskforce was deployed to patrol the area.¬†
A day after the incident, the police had information that a Konkomba re-enforcement from neighboring villages was travelling to their relations as indications were that the Bimobas had overpowered them.¬†¬†¬†
Armed with this information, patrol teams were dispatched to the designated areas and during their surveillance the accused person was intercepted with two shot guns on a motorbike.
The rider, who is now at large and accused person, upon seeing the patrol vehicle jumped from the bike and fled into the bush.¬†
They were given a hot chase and the accused was arrested together with the exhibits while his accomplices managed to escape arrest.¬†
In his cautioned statement, he stated that he went on a hunting expedition and on his way home he met the rider who gave him a lift and gave him his weapon to hold.¬†He further stated he does not know the accomplice.¬†¬†
After investigations, the accused was charged with the offence and was remanded into prison custody for further investigations into the matter.¬†
Meanwhile uneasy calm has returned to Nakpanduri and Kpemeli since the attacks a fortnight ago.
The clashes led to the destruction of over 200 houses and rendered more than 2,000 persons including women and children homeless.¬†
The Northern Regional Security Council (REGSEC) chaired by the Regional minister, Moses Bukari¬†¬†Mabengba,¬†last weekend visited the troubled area to seek truce among the feuding factions.¬†
Sources from the area revealed that relief items had not been extended to the displaced persons who were temporarily being housed in local school buildings in the area.
¬†From Stephen Zoure, Tamale