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Social life grinds to a halt in Yong Dakpema Yili which has become a ghost town, since latest clashes

The trouble plagued Yong Dakpema Yili, within the Tamale Metropolis has turned – a ghost town as community members who fled after the renewed chieftaincy dispute on Thursday 18, February 2021 are yet to return.

The entire Yong Community has been deserted as the locals fled for their lives following a clash between supporters of two brothers claiming right as the Tindaanaa of the Yong skin.

A section of the deserted ghost town of the Yong Dakpema Yili community

The latest clash resulted in the torching of over 25 family compounds, motorbikes, foodstuff and other properties.

An assessment by Diamond News team to the community showed that social life as well as businesses within the community has all curtailed and the schools also remained closed.

However Some teachers who were at the St. Theresah’s Primary School in the community, told Diamond news on condition of anonymity that; they were there to pen down their names and signatures. They said although there has been no order from the Metro Directorate of Education, for Schools in the community to be closed down, the pupils had fled with their parents since Thursday’s incident.

School children have abandoned school and fled with their parents

“I am even afraid being here because you can see that the place is empty, the people have run away with their children. They are currently seeking refuge at the nearby communities since the clash,” one teacher said. 

Meanwhile, the Northern Regional Crime Officer, Superintendent Bernard Baba Ananga has told Diamond News that “eight (8) suspects had been picked up in connection with the latest disturbances in the area and have since been put before court.”

He added that the police will continue to patrol the area to ensure law and order in the area.

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