NORTHERN REGIONAL MINISTER CALLS FOR PEACE IN NORTHERN REGION

The Northern Regional Minister, Hon Shani Alhassan Shaibu at a Stakeholder engagement on security instability in Northern Region, called for a cordial relationship among the Police and the Chiefs in the region to promote peace.
The engagement pathed way for dialogue on the recent security unrest between the Police and the people of Tamale which involved shootings at Lamashegu Palace, resulting in loss of lives and various injuries.
Hon. Shaibu opined that, the people of Tamale cannot live without police nor do police officers can work without the people. He therefore, appealed to the chiefs to support the Police to protect the region, as well as urged the Police to also respect the chiefs so that the Chiefs will be willing to help arrest criminals in the region.
The Northern Regional Police Commander, COP/T.Y. Bonga briefed Stakeholders on some of their activities and expressed gratitude, on behalf of the IGP to all stakeholders in the region, notably, the chiefs, Peace Council, GPRTU, Political leaders for all the support given to the Police in the region to carry out their legitimate duties.
โ€œThe police service as a human institution always aspire to render the best services to communities, but as a human institution, there are challenges in terms of conduct. We will continue to fight to improve upon our conduct and provide quality services for the citizens,โ€ he assured.
He added that, the Police administration does not and will not support any misconduct by any officer. โ€œNo unprofessional conduct is tolerated, and the police administration will never cover any member who misconducts himself/herself,โ€ he stressed.
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The Lamashegu Shooting Incident took place on Sunday, 13 February, 2022 when the District Patrol Team was on its routine patrol in the day. In the course of the patrol, the Team spotted an unregistered Toyota Camry. The occupant of the car, upon seeing the police ahead, quickly made a U-turn. This raised suspicion and the police decided to pursue the car to Lamashegu.
According to the police, they targeted the car tire and shot it, unfortunately, one of the occupants in the car was injured, and suddenly, people around mass up to the palace and attacked them. The police run into the Lamashegu palace for safety.
The Lamashe Naa intervened and quickly call the police regional command for reinforcement to rescue the police officers. After a short while the same mob mass up at the Lamashegu Police Station trying to attack the Police Station. Across-firing began leading to the death of one person and 8 injured.
The incident led to the interdiction of 5 patrol team members, and the commencement of an investigation. The culprit was put before the court, and remanded to reappear on 24th February. He appeared and was granted bail to reappear on the 23rd of March, 2022.
The administration led by the IGP quickly delegated his Deputy, commissioner in charge of administration to meet the eminent chief, Lamashe Naa, not only to thank him for his timely intervention that saved the lives of the police but to also express their sympathy for what happened within the palace.
The delegation equally followed up on other occurrences in the Northern Region to express their sympathy and assured the chiefs and citizens of their proactive measures in ensuring justice and promoting peace. The palaces visited included; Gbewaa Palace, Lamashe Naa Palace, Yo-Na Palace, Nakpanzoo and others.

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