Residents of Fumbisi in the Builsa South District of the Upper East region have been prevailed upon to remain calm following an incident that took the life of a young man and caused fears of an escalated clash between two groups.
Member of Parliament for the area Dr. Clement Apaak who made the call, admonished the residents to report the activities and actions of individuals which are likely to disturb peace.
The Fumbisi area recently came under media attention after a young man believed to be in his early 30s was killed in a fight between two groups.
Media reports on the incident said he was killed in a fight that broke out between youth of the Wiesi and Baasa communities at the Fumbisi market.
It also emerged that the clash that led to the slashing of the throat of the deceased was one of several other fights that occurred earlier between the perpetrator and the victim over a lady both were in a sexual relationship with.
The incident led to the temporal closure of the Fumbisi market by the District Security Council over fears of reprisal attacks.
The market has however been reopened for business activities.
Speaking in an interview on Bolgatanga based Yem Radio monitored by MyNewsGh.com, Dr. Clement Apaak described the development as unfortunate and appealed to the feuding groups to reconsider their actions and called on residents to stay calm.
“What happened in my area in relation to the killing of a young man is unfortunate and condemnable. Fumbisi has enjoyed peace over the period and we must protect and keep it as it is. I wish to call on my people to stay calm and let us live in peace and unity for the development of the constituency,” he said.
The lawmaker further bemoaned the inadequate security number of police personnel and logistics in the area, a situation he noted is not befitting of a district capital with a population like that of Fumbisi.
“I have always made this point that the police service must do more for the Builsa South area. Such an area with just a limited number of police officers and one vehicle for police officers obviously defeats the required police to citizen ratio and not providing adequate security and protection for the people. This is an issue the Ghana Police Service has to quickly look at and address,” he added.
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