Ambariya Sunni Youth and supporters of Mallam Basha were in a near showdown at the Police Headquarters in Tamale on Wednesday morning.
But a timely intervention by a joint police cum military team prevented what could have led to a bloodbath between the two Islamic sects in Tamale that have been at each other’s throat over doctrinal differences over the years.
Rage, anger or resentment aren’t enough to describe the old feud and bickering; resurrected this week between adherents of the Ambariya Sunni sect and that of Mallam Ibrahim Basha popularly referred to as Shiehu BAYAN, who nearly turned the regional police headquarters into a battle turf.
The leader of the Masji-dul Bayan mosque in Tamale, Mallam Ibrahim Basha had reported one cleric from the Ambariya sect to the police for disrupting an Islamic preaching at the Bayan mosque on Sunday evening.
The Northern Regional Police Command following the complaint had invited the cleric for questioning, however, news about the said questioning caused rage in the camp of the Ambariya sect.
Some Ambariya youth therefore mobilized and stormed the Regional Police Headquarters to demand the head of Mallam Basha and his followers who had made the complaint.
The military were called to assist the police to calm the nerves of the hundreds of supporter from the Ambariya Sunni sect many of who threatened fire and brimstone. Hours later, tempers were calmed.
Police PRO for the Northern Region, ASP Yussif Tanko later indicated to Diamond News that following the development, the Regional Police Command would schedule meetings with the leaders of the two Islamic sects to resolve the issue.
The two Muslims sects; Ambariya and Mallam Basha mosque have had doctrinal differences over the years and not even attempts made by government functionaries in the region and other peace actors to help resolve their feud had yielded any meaningful progress.