Fire Festival Police to keep an eye on political party youth groups in Tamale

This follows threats by an NDC group in the Northern region called Aluta boys to use the fire festival scheduled to take place on Friday to show their displeasure after the release of five NPP youth activists.

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Political party youth groups in the Northern region have been cautioned by the police not to take advantage of the Bugum Chugu festival also knows a fire festival to incite violence.

This follows threats by a so called NDC group in the region called Aluta boys to use the fire festival which comes off tomorrow to show their displeasure after the release of five NPP youth activists.

A Court of Appeal in Kumasi on Wednesday released five NPP youth activists who were arrested in 2009 for the death on an NDC youth activist.

READ MORE : Court frees NPP activist sentenced to death

Northern regional police PRO ASP Ebenezer Tetteh told Pulse.com.gh that “we are taking these things very seriously. We are inviting groups that are linked with political parties it includes Aluta boys and Kandaha boys “

He said over a hundred police and military personnel will be deployed in the Tamale metropolis to ensure no violence erupts at the festival.

The fire festival which is mainly characterized by the display of power has in the past turned violent.

“Just like the previous year and the year before last year where we had some incidents which were very unfortunate.  This year people will keep to the advice that we are given.

“We are looking at some of the hot spots during the celebration of the festival. And we will be having a lot of vehicular and foot patrols.” ASP Tetteh said.

The fire festival is celebrated by the people of Mamprugu and Dagbon.

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