Tamale Dakpema, Fusieni Bawa Bembarigu has appealed to the youth to be slow to anger and avoid acts that are detrimental to the development of the metropolis.
According to the revered traditional head, what the city of Tamale needed at the moment is an atmosphere of peace for which its youth should be seen playing their part effectively towards achieving that goal instead of fomenting troubles.
“We cannot continue this way and anyone who tries to destabilize the peace will not be allowed to go scot-free, the palace will hence forth encourage the law to take its course, hence I am appealing for peace and restraint at all times,” the chief stated.
The Dakpema’s appeal and reaction follows recent developments in the Tamale metropolis where a NEDCo team cum police, went on a disconnection exercise that led to some persons being harassed by the police as captured widely via social media.
The development triggered angry response from a segment of the youth who went on rampage and attacked the Lamashegu Police station as well as part of NEDCO’s offices within the central business area.
The Northern Regional Minister, Alhaji Shani Alhassan Saibu, unhappy with the violence promised bringing the perpetrators to book, although the police administration on their own, had taken steps to discipline the 4 police persons by interdiction.
At a press briefing on Tuesday morning to react to the NEDCo and aggrieved residents stand-off, Dakpema Fusieni Bawa, speaking through his spokesperson said the development was unfortunate and this should not be allowed to continue.
“I have taken the pain to go to see things for myself at the Lamashegu police station and the NEDCO office and this isn’t worth reporting about. I’m urging for calm and also appealing that the youth shouldn’t take that cause of violence. Electricity is like a lifeline for many of us. – It powers the corn mills that aid our food intake; it keeps our mobile phones running among others. Resorting therefore to illegal connections or refusal to defray cost incurred through the use of electric power is counterproductive. I have had a dialogue with the VRA officials who at the moment have laid down their tools and hopefully from tomorrow (Wednesday) their technical teams would be returning to the communities to discharge their lawful duties and as traditional leaders, what we expect from our subjects is full co-operation and not to interfere with their operations. Anyone who goes against this is calling for the laws of the land to be applied on them without favor,” the Dakpema warned.
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