Salaga violence: Police arrest 7, chase more

Salaga violence: Police arrest 7, chase more
Source: Ghana|| Oswald Azumah|
Date: 13-02-2019 Time: 10:02:08:am
The constituency office of the NPP was set ablaze by the irate youth.

Seven persons have been arrested in connection to disturbances at Salaga in the newly created Savannah Region on Tuesday.

Police say the suspects have been sent to Northern regional capital, Tamale to help in investigations and for possible prosecution.

Public Relations Officer of the Northern Regional Police Command, DSP Mohammed Yussif Tanko told Joy News the police are on a manhunt for more suspects in relation to the disturbances which included arson.

“Reinforcement has also been sent and we are doing everything possible to ensure more suspects are arrested,” he assured.

What caused the violence?

Irate youth at Salaga South burnt down the local office of the governing New Patriotic Party (NPP) on Tuesday after President Nana Akufo-Addo named Damongo as the capital of the Savannah region.

Read: Damongo named as capital for newly created Savannah region

The youth also tore down billboards and campaign posts of the NPP.

“The place is burning down, people are throwing stones and all manner of things,” an eye witness told Joy News.

The protesters argued that the people of Salaga South showed faith in the NPP by voting for the party’s parliamentary candidate, Salifu Adam Braimah as Parliamentarian.

They said the choice of Damongo which voted for the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) candidate Adam Mutawakilu, was a betrayal of their loyalty to the NPP.

DSP Tanko urged the people of Salaga “to remain calm and not to take the law into their own hands.”

“…Anyone that does anything to disturb the peace would be dealt with decisively by the combined team of the police and military,” he added.