In Northern Region Two arrested over Nyashegu riot

Some angry youth in Nyashegu in the Tamale metropolis of the Northern region burnt three houses belonging to residents they claim are witches.

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Two persons have been arrested by the Tamale Police Command in connection with the riot which broke at Nyashegu in the Northern region.

Some angry youth in Nyashegu in the Tamale metropolis of the Northern region burnt three houses belonging to residents they claim are witches.

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The angry youth alleged that the suspected witches are responsible for the numerous deaths in the area in recent times.

The Regional Police Commander DCOP Ken Yeboah confirmed the arrest to Pulse.com.gh said the police have intensified patrol in the area to maintain calm.

Background:

Some angry youth in Nyashegu in the Tamale metropolis of the Northern region have set ablaze about three houses belonging to occupants they have identified as witches.

Confirming the incident to Pulse.com.gh, the Regional Police Commander, DCOP Ken Yeboah said the incident occurred on Friday morning after some 500 youth mobilized themselves and decided to set ablaze the houses of people they suspected to be witches.

He said: “The complainant came to the police station to lodge the complaint that they were being attacked so when they [police] went there the people had already set the houses ablaze.”

He, however, indicated that calm has been restored as the police and military were deployed to the area.

The incident occurred after alleged reports of sudden deaths of some youth in the community allegedly instigated by witches.

No injuries have so far been recorded as the residents of the affected houses fled upon receiving a tip-off.

DCOP Ken Yeboah said the police are still accessing the situation and will come out with further details.

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