A three-year old Fulani girl died on Saturday in a fire at Atebubu in the Brong Ahafo region.
The girl was burnt while sleeping in her mother’s make-shift tent on the outskirts of the town that afternoon.
According to residents, some unknown individuals set ablaze the tent in which she was sleeping together with ten others in the neighborhood.
The little girl’s charred body was found after the fire service had come in to quench the blaze.
[contextly_sidebar id=”K2p253C5KO7W4zxnQ16XxhIBXHucucgh”]The Atebubu District Police Commander, Superintendent Joseph Astu Ahinakwa, confirmed the incident to Citi News but did not give a clear indication as to whether the police suspected foul play.
According to him, the fire may have been that which spread from the fires set by the Fulanis near their tent whiles they were cooking
However, a local Fulani Chief in the Atebubu District, Musah Munkaila, suspects foul play and has alleged that some town-folks are behind the incident.
He suspects some arsonist took advantage of the absence of the Fulani who had gone to the mosque for prayers to set fire to the tents.
“The Arsonist took advantage of the Friday prayers…when you look at how the structures were burnt, you can tell it was a planned thing.”
Musah Munkaila believes the suspected arsonist was not comfortable with the Fulanis around much like the situation in Agogo, which has seen a joint Military and Police Taskforce make moves to eject the Fulanis and their cattle from that area.
“We know for sure the arsonists are part of those who do not want the Fulani here in Atebubu,” the Fulani chief stated.
By Delali Adogla-Bessa/citifmonline.com/Ghana