Eight persons have been confirmed dead in the shooting incident that occurred in Nkwanta in the Oti Region on Tuesday, November 21. The Oti Regional Minister, Joshua Gmayenaam Makubu confirmed the number of deceased in an interview. The shooting incident has resulted in the Minister for the Interior Ambrose Dery imposing a curfew on the town. The curfew hours start from 5:00 PM to 6:00 AM effective Tuesday, November 21.
The Minister also placed a ban on all persons in Nkwanta township and its environs from carrying arms, ammunition or any offensive weapons. The Minister said any persons found with any arms or ammunition would be arrested and prosecuted. An assailant was reported to have opened fire at the central market area in the town on Tuesday, November 21. The Oti Regional Security Council deployed personnel to the area to bring the situation under control. “Government wishes to appeal to all to exercise restraint and to use the established mechanisms for the resolution of all their conflicts and disputes.
“Meanwhile, the Government would like to reiterate that, there is a ban on all persons in Nkwanta Township and its environs from carrying arms, ammunition or any offensive weapons and any persons found with any arms or ammunition will be arrested and prosecuted,” the Minister said. The information available indicates that there were clashes between members of two tribes, Adele and Akyode, in the town two weeks ago.
By: Laud Nartey