“As of now DISSEC has imposed a curfew from 6pm to 6am. The Police are patrolling the town”, the Crime Officer for Bimbilla, ASP Owusu Dwomoh told Joy News.
This is as a result of some disagreement between the two factions of the Bimbilla paramouncy over the place of burial of the late chief of the town, Nakpana Salifu Dawunide.
The chief who died on Wednesday morning at the Tamale teaching hospital was to be buried in the town but the Andani faction is said to have opposed this decision.
This resulted in gunfire in the town which lasted for almost an hour. ASP Owusu Dwomoh told JOY NEWS, 20 persons have been arrested.
“When the other faction started firing, the other retaliated. We had information that one person had died. We found him dead in a room covered with a cloth. He is a male adult between 30 to 35 years”
ASP Owusu Dwomoh also revealed, one locally manufactured rifle, a locally made pistol and an AK-47 has been retrieved from the rabble-rousers.
“Yesterday at a meeting, Andani faction stuck to their ground, that they will not allow the body to be buried in township, they claim that he is not a chief whiles the meeting was going on we heard sporadic shooting”, ASP Owusu Dwomoh explained.
The two factions are already engaged in a 5 year kingship case which is still pending at the Northern Regional House of Chiefs.