Two arrested in connection with Bimbilla shooting

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Two persons have been arrested in connection with Thursday’s shooting at Bimbilla in the Northern Region which left three persons dead and seven others hospitalized.

The Northern Regional Security Council deployed a 30-man security reinforcement team to the area on Friday following the incident.

[contextly_sidebar id=”W7XSIoSn247BoRWFPxhtzVYStZbJu4DX”]Unlike Friday, when shops remained closed, life is gradually returning back to normal in the township, Citi News Mohammed Alabira reported.

According to him, people were, on Saturday, seen going about their normal businesses.

The Ministry of Interior reviewed the curfew it imposed on the Bimbilla Township following recent reports of sporadic gunfire in the area.

The curfew, which previously spanned six hours from 10:00 pm to 4:00 am has been reviewed to the period from dusk to dawn effective yesterday, Friday, January 12, 2018.

The township has been placed under a curfew for well over a decade now following some protracted chieftaincy conflicts.

According to eyewitnesses, the latest eruption of violence on Thursday occurred when two persons on a motorbike allegedly shot at the victims, who had finished with their evening Islamic prayers, and were seated at a known public place.

The three dead have since been buried and the seven are currently receiving treatment at the Tamale teaching hospital.

RCC endorses review of curfew

The Northern Regional Coordinating in a statement endorsed the review of the curfew.

The Regional Security Council at its meeting held on Friday, January 12, 2018, extensively discussed the above report and agreed with the recommendations that;

i.The curfew in Bimbilla Township be reviewed from the current 10:00 pm to 4:00 am to 6:00 pm to 6:00 am.

ii.There be an immediate ban on the use of motorbikes to transport more than one person.

iii.There be an immediate ban on drumming and dancing in the Bimbilla Township.

iv.There be an immediate reinforcement of security in the district.

By: Delali Adogla-Bessa/