A tensed face-off between the Gonjas and the Mamprusis at Lukula, a farming community in the North Gonja District of the North East Region, highlighting the ethnic fault lines, has sent the security agencies scrambling to prevent the situation from exploding into a bloody confrontation.
At the heart of the latest stand-off is the rejection of a newly installed chief by the local population – the Mamprusi.
Many armed Gonja warriors are said to have flooded the community and this is what is causing anger among the Mamprusis and fueling tension, which if not defused quickly, could lead to violent clashes as the local people are reportedly arming themselves and preparing their charms, to fight the warriors.
Security personnel from the North East and the Savanna Regions have been rushed to the place to stop matters from getting out of hands. Yidana Zakari, the North East Regional Minister, has confirmed that there is a flare up of the land and chieftaincy dispute between the two ethnic groups - the Gonjas and Mamprussis.
This has come about because of the presence of some armed Gonja warriors sent to provide security protection at the installation of a rival chief in the community, last Saturday.
The residents have refused to recognize the new chief and they are furious at the invasion of the community by the Gonja warriors. Driven by anger, they are said to be arming themselves for a show down with the warriors.
The North East Regional Minister said they were doing everything to help to smooth over things and de-escalate the situation.
They have deployed security personnel, drawn from two regions – North East and the Savannah to help maintain law and order.
The swift deployment of the security officers, he noted, was going to help the authorities to get a firm handle on the situation.
The Paramount Chief of the Mamprusi, Naba Nantongmah Seidu, is said to be unhappy with the presence of the armed Gonja warriors in the Lukula community and he is claimed to have called for the security agencies to remove them from the place to avoid any nasty clashes.
The Gonjas and the Mamprusis have been locked in a bitter dispute over the Lukula community, with each claiming that Lukula is part of their land.
President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo during a recent visit to the area called for the North East and the Savannah regional coordinating councils to work together to amicably resolve the boundary dispute.
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