The Northern Regional Chairman of the governing New Patriotic Party (NPP), Daniel Bugri Naabu, has waded into the arguments for the relocation of residents of Old Fadama in Accra.
Bugri Naabu is backing residents of Old Fadama who are opposed to calls by the Inspector General of Police (IGP), David Asante Apeatu, to relocate them, following a violent clash between Konkombas and Dagombas at the Agbogbloshie Yam Market on Tuesday.
“Where should they be relocated to? They are here, in the market, selling their food products to the people of Ghana. They cannot relocate,” he stated firmly during a press briefing at Old Fadama after a visit to the area.
Bugri Naabu and the leaders of Old Fadama believe the police service should investigate the tensions and find a lasting solution to it instead of relocating the residents.
“They [the police] should speed up by arresting those people and go into the case to see the true picture of the case. But why relocate? No relocation will be done,” Bugri Naabu added.
He assured residents of Old Fadama of government’s support to ensure lasting peace in the area and indicated government’s desire to resolve the matter and bring to justice perpetrators of the fihgt.
The renewed clash between the Kokombas and the Dagombas claimed two lives and left several others injured.
The Inspector General of Police (IGP), David Asante Apeatu, who earlier on explained that the relocation of the residence of Old fadama will help in policing the area and guarantee some stability, following occasional clashes said to have deep-seated ethnic undertones.