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17.01.2006 Regional News

Forty-nine people arrested in a clash at Jamasi

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Kumasi, Jan 17, GNA - All 49 suspects arrested in connection with the clash between some Kotokoli youth and indigenous people at Jamasi in the Afigya-Sekyere district were remanded in prison custody when they appeared before an Asante-Mampong circuit court on Monday. Their pleas were not taken.

Speaking to the Ghana News Agency in Kumasi, the Ashanti Regional Police Commander Frank Adu-Poku, said the clash was between some Kotokoli youth at the Jamasi Zongo and some indigenous people in the town, and not between Christian and Moslems as reported by a section of the media.

The Regional Police Commander said the region needed peace. "Much as indigenous people are not expected to harass non-indigenous people; non-indigenous people must also not disturb the peace of the other," he added.

Following the incident, the Regional Co-ordinating Council met the leadership of the two parties and advised them to maintain the peace in the area.

Mr Adu-Poku said the clash was related to a misunderstanding on the use of a football park in the town.