Curfew relaxed after “tremendous progress” at Tafo

The Ashanti Regional Security Command (REGSEC) has relaxed the curfew it imposed on residents of Old Tafo following the outbreak of violence on Wednesday.

The curfew now begins from 8:00pm and ends at 4:00am, Mayor of Kumasi Kojo Bonsu revealed to sit in host of Top Story Kwakye Afreh Nuamah.

A 6:00pm to 6:00am curfew was announced Wednesday shortly after violence between Muslim Youth and loyalists of the Old Tafo Traditional Council.

The factions were fighting over a piece of land and the siting of a wall which was being constructed by Muslim youth to serve as demarcation.

One person was killed in the ensuing violence, dozens injured and properties worth thousands of cedis were destroyed by rampaging youths from both sides.

A combined team of police and military personnel were deployed to maintain law and order in the area.

Some 40 youths were arrested by the police to assist with investigations.

After days of peace talks mediated by members of the National Peace Council, the national Chief Imam the feuding factions have agreed to give peace a chance.

Mayor of the Kumasi Metropolitan Assembly Kojo Bonsu said the KMA has taken over the issue of the land demarcation.

He said the two factions have agreed that “KMA should build the wall so that it won’t be a problem.”

Muntaka Mubarak Member of Parliament for Asawasi who sat in as one of the mediators said “tremendous progress” has been made in “building confidence among the two sides.”

He said the “sweeping exercise” by the police which resulted in the arrest of some 40 people has been reviewed with the agreement that all the suspects will be granted an unconditional bail.