Peace Council To Intervene In Old Tafo Disagreement; Curfew imposed

Some residents of the Muslim community at Tafo in Kumasi on Wednesday afternoon clashed with some loyalists of the Tafo traditional council over disagreements on a piece of land at the Tafo cemetery.
The clashes were said to have resulted in two deaths and many injured.
Old Tafo clash 1
The clashes were said to have been ignited by an order from the Tafo chief for a fence wall which was being constructed around the Muslim section of the Tafo cemetery to be demolished.
According to reports, the Tafo chief claimed he was not informed about the construction, and so asked that the construction be halted.
On Wednesday, the chief was said to have sent men to demolish the fence but members of the Muslim community protested, resulting in the clashes.
Old Tafo Clash 2
The National Peace Council is expected to meet the muslim community and the Tafo traditional council in relation to the violence that erupted between irate youth and traditional at Old Tafo in Kumasi in the Ashanti region.
The National Chief Imam, Sheikh Dr. Osmanu Nuhu Sharubutu will also represent in solving the impasse in Old Tafo.
The clashes were said to have resulted in two deaths and many injured.
A number of vehicles and other properties were also reportedly destoyed.
The Ashanti Regional Security Council has imposed an indefinite curfew on Old Tafo, a suburb of Kumasi.
According to REGSEC, the decision was informed by intelligence gathered on Thursday.
The Public Relations Officer of the Ashanti Regional Coordinating Council, Clement Kegeri in an interview on Radio Ghana said: “The Regional Security Council met and intelligence gathered were analysed and the decision taken is that the curfew should continue until such a time that REGSEC is convinced that people can go about their duties without having to worry about their safety and security.”
Mr. Kegeri clarified that although an indefinite curfew has been imposed on the area, “it does not necessarily presuppose that the situation is getting worse but it goes to confirm that the decision taken by the Ashanti Regional Security Council to impose a curfew is a measure that is working.”
He added that the Regional Security Council after the meeting on Thursday “decided to visit the cemetery to find out at first-hand what really the situation is on the ground and I can tell you that intelligence picked from the field suggests that it has become more compelling for the curfew to continue.”
“Let me put on record that if at a point in time, REGSEC is convinced that there is the need for the curfew to be relaxed, the directive will be issued to the public,” he added.
Mr. Kegeri further stated that the Old Tafo residents are complying with the curfew directives “but what is of major concern is that we have every cause to feel that we need to intensify the curfew.”
Meanwhile, about forty-five people have been arrested in connection with the recent disturbances at Old Tafo in the Ashanti region.
Old Tafo clash arrest made
The Chief of Army staff has also ordered the immediate arrest of the Imam for Old Tafo.
Some churches and a mosque have reportedly been attacked in the clashes at Old Tafo in Kumasi.
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