From four when the news broke onThursday to eight Friday morning, the
Northern Regional Police PRO, ASP Ebenezer Tetteh confirmed the
increase. He said more bodies were found in the bush.
Bimbilla is now a ghost town, according to reports with frightened
residents fleeing to the regional capital Tamale.Others are heading
Residents are living in fear of reprisal after fresh shootings were
heard Friday morning.
Some of them told Joy News that schools and the market square there
have been abandoned with many natives and residents fleeing the town.
A teacher in Bimbilla who identified himself as Saibu, said he went to
school this morning but had to return home because there was nobody
there and all schools have been closed down.
Residents are still searching for their missing relatives.
The police have meanwhile stepped up security in Bimbilla to ensure
that absolute calm returns to the Northern regional town.
There was sporadic shooting in Bimbilla yesterday after some butchers
allegedly refused to perform some traditional rites.
Sensing a possible bloody clash, theRegent of Nanum (Bimbilla),
Nyeligolilana Yakubu Dawuni area warned a faction against going to the
abattoir but his warning was ignored, the police said, resulting in
the fatal encounter.
Joy News has learnt that the recently outdoored police anti-terrorism
division has arrived in Bimbilla from Accra to reinforce security in
Some eight people suspected to bebehind the clashes, including the
registrar of Nanumba Traditional Council, have been arrested and are
being processed for court.
They would be charged with conspiracy to "commit crime and murder, and
committing murder", ASP Ebenezer Tetteh said.