Seven arrested in Salaga over violent protest

Seven persons have been arrested by the police in the Northern Region for vandalizing properties during a protest in Salaga after Damango was chosen as the capital of the Savannah Region.

The protesters destroyed some properties in the area and also burnt down the New Patriotic Party’s (NPP) constituency office on Tuesday.

The suspects were picked up by the police in the early hours of Wednesday morning at Salaga upon intelligence.

Police in the region are currently investigating the incident.

Police moved in during the protests and succeeded in preventing the youth from burning down the District Assembly building as well as the DCE’s bungalow.

Police also managed to bring the situation under control and police reinforcement team had been deployed to Salaga from Tamale.

Police also urged the people of Salaga to remain calm and not to take the law into their own hands and help in identifying more suspects.

Stakeholders call for calm after protest over capital for Savannah Region
Stakeholders within the newly created Savannah Region have called for calm following violent protests that rocked the naming of Damango as the capital for the area.

Speaking on Eyewitness News on Tuesday, a member of the Coordinating Committee of the Gonja Traditional Council, Osman Mohammed Amin, said that such reactions are uncalled for because Damango was generally accepted as the capital by the stakeholders in the area.

“We had a consensus among ourselves… The king of the Gonja Traditional Council made it known that he would prefer Damango,” he said.

He also the focus of the new Savannah Region is to ensure development for all.

“I will call on our people to be calm. The whole point of the new region is about development and we all thought that we needed the region to come so that we get development for our people.”

Citinewsroom