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One dead, three arrested following clashes over Rosewood

Police in the Upper West Region have arrested three people in connection with clashes in Funsi, in the Wa East Municipality over the weekend.

The clashes ensued when some residents acting on the orders of the Assemblyman in the area attempted to prevent some illegal timber lumberers from felling Rosewood from a forest in the enclave.

In the process one of the illegal lumberers was shot dead while three others sustained gunshot wounds.

The Deputy Upper West Regional Police Commander, ACP Peter Ndekugri said the Police have mounted a search for the other suspects in the disturbances.

“There was a misunderstanding between the two factions. i.e those who cut the woods and those who were claiming they were from the District Assembly and they wanted to seize the wood. And so it resulted in shooting of guns and one person is confirmed dead. But however, the Police have arrested two people and we are continuing with the investigations.” he told Accra-based Citi FM.

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