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29.12.2006 General News

Trouble Causers At Nanumba Warned

By Yakubu Abdul-Majeed, Bimbila
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THE Northern Regional Minister, Mustapha Ali Idris, has cautioned Nanumbas and Kokombas in the Nanumba North and Nanumba South district against any intent to disturb the peace.
The security agencies will not hesitate to deal with trouble makers, he warned.
Alhaji Idris said this at a joint meeting of the security committees of the two districts at Bimbilla on Wednesday.
The meeting was held in the wake of a rumour of imminent attacks on each other by elements of the two ethnic groups.
Alhaji Idris who attended the meeting with the full complement of the members of the Regional Security Committee (REGSEC), said their mission was not to find out who was wrong or right but to advise both parties to let it remain a rumour and not reality because the security agencies would not sit by and allow any group to take the law into their own hands.
'Let nobody take the REGSEC for granted and foment trouble,' he warned.
Alhaji Idris reminded them that there are usually no winners or losers in any kind of war in any part of the world, adding that it would be prudent for all in the area to help to protect the peace.
He pointed out that the area lags far behind other districts in basic social amenities which the government was working hard to reverse and urged the people especially the youth to channel their energies to more profitable ventures and not conflicts.
Alhaji Idris commended the security personnel in the two districts for their tireless efforts in ensuring that peace prevails in the area.
He urged them to remain vigilant and give nothing to chance and assured them that the REGSEC will make all resources needed available to them to operate effectively.
The District Chief Executive for Nanumba North, Salifu Sa-eed, said that the security personnel in the district have intensified patrol in the communities and are carrying out investigations into the attack rumours.
The Nanumba South District Chief Executive, Thomas Donkor Ogajah, said the district security committee has sensitized the chiefs, community opinion leaders and religious leaders on the need to maintain the peace.
The source of the rumours is not clear but it is generally believed to have emanated from the Chamba Community in a dispute over the weighing of grains between market women and farmers.
The two ethnic groups have a history of conflicts between them, the most serious being the 1978 'Nanumba/Konkomba War in which many lives were lost and extensive damage caused to property. That was said to have been sparked off by misunderstanding over the price of a guinea fowl.

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