The Divisional Chief of Choggu, a suburb of the Sagnarigu Municipality Naa Mahamadu II has banned the use of sophisticated firearms within the Choggu traditional area.
The Chief directed that “the use of sophisticated weapons like G3, AK47 guns, cutlasses, and all other dangerous weapons at public occasions must be stopped with immediate effect from 12th August 2021”.
A statement signed by the Chief’s secretary Alhaji Safiana Mohammed said the decision was taken “at a general meeting held at the Choggu-Naa’s palace with the Choggu-Naa and all his sub-chiefs, elders, and people under his traditional divisional jurisdiction on the 12th August 2021, a consensus agreement was concluded on that”.
“In effect therefore, no person or group of people must dare hold or fire a sophisticated weapon unless the locally made guns that are purposely used for such occasions with only the gun powder and nothing else” the statement added.
The press statement, issued on 12 August, 2021, ahead of this year’s fire (Bugum) festival stressed that the use of sophisticated weapons during celebrations is not part of the tradition and culture of Dagbon.
“Any person or group of people celebrating the fire festival in public domain and negligently defy this order would be picked by the security and a person who is caught a victim he/she would be drastically dealt with accordingly by the rules and laws of the State with no mercy”, the Choggu-Naa warned.
Story by: Edward A. Ken-Zorre