National Security operatives are interrogating the District Chief Executive for Nanumba North District, Alhaji Ibn Abass over the murder of the late Bimbila Naa Dasana Andani Abdulai II.
The Bimbila District Police Commander, ASP Charles Tetteh under whose watch the chief was murdered is also being interrogated.
At a media briefing in Tamale, Chairman of the Northern Regional Security Council, Alhaji Mohammed Muniru Limuna said all those found culpable will be severely dealt with in accordance with the rule of law.
“Our security agencies are serious with their investigation and working hard day and night to ensure that all the perpetrators of the act are fished out and made to face the law.”
He encouraged people with crucial information on the late Bimbila Naa’s murder to assist the security operatives to find justice for the bereaved family.
Alhaji Limuna assured the informants that their identity will remain confidential.
He further pleaded with the mass media to be circumspect in their reportage on the situation in Bimbila.
“We would like to appeal to the media to be circumspect in their reportage on this unfortunate situation and to endeavor to cross check any information they come across from the relevant agencies before the publish them.”
Alhaji Limuna disclosed that four more suspects have been arrested in Nkwanta in the Volta Region which increased the number to 17.
He debunked reports that security operatives on the ground were biased in their operations.
He said there were enough security personnel in Bimbila Township and its adjourning towns including Makayili and Wulensi to avoid spillover.
“As an immediate step to calm the situation, the Regional Security Council ordered the deployment of more troops to Bimbila and an extension of patrols to neighboring areas such as Makayili and Wulensi to deal with any likely spill over.”
He recalled, “Indeed RECSEC had engaged the two sides in the chieftaincy stalemate in several meetings since early March and at the last meeting held on 30th May, 2014 an amicable resolution was reached by the two sides and its implementation was awaited: the event took place on the night of 19th June and therefore came as a shock and a betrayal to the Council.”
Alhaji Limuna downplayed the late Naa Andani’s family request for the remains for burial in accordance with best customary practices.
He said the outcome of the investigations will inform RECSEC’s decision in that regard.
Member of Parliament for Bimbila who doubles as Deputy Minority leader of Ghana’s Parliament, Hon. Dominick Nitiwul in a Citi News interview pleaded for calm in his constituency.
He also reiterated the need for residents there to co-exist peacefully and assist the security operatives to smoke out the perpetrators and bring them to book.
Hon. Nitiwul described the calamity as unfortunate but insisted peace must prevail in Bimbila and its environs.
The remains of Naa Dasana Andani Abdulai II and four others are in the morgue whilst four other injured persons are responding to treatment.
Meanwhile, Minister for Defense and also Member of Parliament for Navrongo Central in the Upper East Region, Hon. Mark Woyongo paid a working visit to Bimbila on Monday June, 23, 2014.
He was accompanied by the Inspector General of Police Mohammed Alhassan, Deputy Interior Minister, Hon. James Agalga and members of the Northern Regional Security Council.
By: Abdul Karim Naatogmah/citifmonline.com/Ghana