Bimbilla a ghost town; death toll rises to 12

The death toll in the Bimbilla shooting in the Northern region has

risen to 12, according to the police as more bodies are discovered.

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

down south.

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

the area.

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.

Credit: Myjoyonline.com

Kofi Oppong Kyekyeku

I am a Ghanaian Broadcast Journalist/Writer who has an interest in General News, Sports, Entertainment, Health, Lifestyle and many more.

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