Update Death toll hits 12 in Bimbilla clashes

The death toll has risen to 12 in the Bimbilla clashes in Nanumba North District

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The death toll in the renewed Bimbilla clashes in Nanumba North District of the Northern Region, is now twelve; according to the police.

A seven-year-old boy and seven others were confirmed dead yesterday.      

The names of five of the dead have been given as Rashak Mohammed, 18, Hamza Abass, 30, Mustapha Mubarak, 7, Sulemana Iddrisu, 40, Sulemana Damba, 57, Alhassan Baako, 18, Illiasu, 34, and Mohammed Alhassan.

The identities of four others are yet to be established.

According to reports, some butchers at Bimbilla in the Nanumba North District have refused to recognise Yakubu Dasana Andani as the regent of the Nanumba Traditional Area and have subsequently refused to observe a custom which demands that butchers give a portion of their slaughter to the traditional ruler.

The custom, according to reports, has not been observed for some time now because the area has been involved in a protracted chieftaincy dispute which has led to the murder of the late paramount chief Naa Dasana Abdulai Andani.

The Public Relations Officer of the Northern Regional Police Command, Assistant Superintendent of Police, Mr Ebenezer Tetteh, who disclosed this to the Daily Graphic, said the number of people reported to have been injured had increased from nine to 20.

He added that submachine gun have been retrieved in the shooting.

Meanwhile, eleven people have been arrested in connection with the killings and clashes in Bimbilla in the Northern region.

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