The overlord of Tatale-Sanguli traditional area in the Northern Region, Ubore Kumayi Gabuja John has revealed that 10 people died during a recent broad day robbery at the Tatale market.
This revelation has put to rest conflicting figures on the death toll, following the armed robbery incident which the police administration recorded four.
This revelation has debunked earlier media conflicting figures on the death toll which the police administration recorded three. A livid Ubore Kumayi Gabuja John today (Friday) at a news conference in Tatale said residents of the area were living in constant fear.
He accused the police of negligence and called for their rapid response to distress calls.
He also admonished government to build additional police stations in the Tatale-Sanguli district to strengthen law and order.
Below is the full statement:
PRESS CONFERENCE HELD BY THE CHIEFS AND PEOPLE OF TATALE – SANGULI DISTRICT
The overlord of Sanguli Traditional Area Obore Kumayi Gabuja John and his chiefs and elders are by expressing our disappointment and disgust at the way police in the district has handled the recent armed robbery incident that took place in Tatale township.
On 21st May, 2017 at about 4.00pm, armed robbers numbering about eight (8) attacked businessmen and women in Tatale market and tried to escape.
The people in Konkomba communities along the route that they took were quickly informed through phone calls and they co-operated to protect themselves from reckless shooting from the armed robbers and this resulted in the exchange of fire between the armed robbers and the people around.
The firing took two days which claimed about ten (10) lives.
What is most shocking and disappointing is that, the police that has the constitutional duty to protect lives and properties of Ghanaian were first informed and they failed to respond appropriately and swiftly enough to the incident.
And even when they came later, they were seen there as mere spectators of the incident.
And when they were questioned, they said they lacked logistics that they need to control the incident and also to defend our people when some of them were losing their lives. So the biggest question here is that, what appears to be a pretence more than them giving this excuse that they have no logistics to use and again preventing military to come and intervene.
One would then ask again that, why should the police be much more concern about the bodies and belongings of armed robbers that were killed than trying to know much about the indigenous people that were killed and injured?
In view of these rampant armed robbery cases in the district, we are appealing to the government to create more police stations and barriers on major roads such as Tatale – Nahuyili road and Tatale – Tatindo road.
Also government should try to equip the existing police in the two districts that is Tatale – Sanguli and Zabzug with all the necessary logistics to be able to work effectively to protect our lives and properties.
We are also appealing to the government , the religious groups and all the benevolent individuals to come the aid of the deceased families.
Obore Kumayi Gabuja John ……………………..
Obore Ntiwin ……………………..
Obore Nignere ……………………..
Ghana Police, Divisional Commander, Yendi
Ghana Police, District Commander, Tatale
The DCE, Tatale – Sanguli
The BNI, Tatale-Sanguli
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