One of the rival chiefs at Tuabodom in the Brong Ahafo Region, Nana Obeng Ameyaw Barimah II, has called for calm in the town following the recent shooting that has claimed five lives and left scores injured.
Nana Ameyaw said the development has greatly affected business activities including farming which is the livelihood for about 90 percent of the community dwellers.
“I am appealing to everyone involved in these matters to calm down and allow peace to reign because there can be no development without harmony. The clashes have affected our community and town enough, now all businesses are suffering because a few people decided to pick up arms and fought among themselves instead of talking about their differences, ” he stated.
“All those who flee for protection please return home there’s peace here the security personnel are in control of issues here “ the rival chief appealed.
For now it has not been established whether the recent shooting is linked to the already existing chieftaincy impasse.
Meanwhile police in the Brong Ahafo Region have so far confirmed the arrest of two persons suspected to have taken part in Wednesday’s shooting.
Their names have been given as Stephen Amoako and Nana Kwadwo Tano. They have since been transferred to the Brong Ahafo Regional Police Command in Sunyani, to assist with investigations.
The two were arrested around 4pm on Thursday at a hideout in Tuabodom. Aside the killing, about three houses and a car were set ablaze on that Wednesday.
Meanwhile latest report from Tuabodom indicates that on Thursday night, two more houses were set ablaze but no casualties were recorded despite the police claiming that relative calm had returned.
Security has been beefed up with police and military presence following threats of reprisal attacks.
The clashes erupted on Wednesday afternoon after a man whose name was given as Ali was assaulted on Tuesday night by a group of men believed to have come from the Asante-dominated part of the town.
Ali reportedly went to ease himself at that part of town, a situation that sparked anger among the Asantes.
The Bonos are said to have retaliated on Wednesday by attacking the Asantes.
Techiman Divisional Police Commander Chief Superintendent Emmanuel Twumasi Ankrah said on Wednesday that those who exchanged the gunshots were on motor bikes and zoomed into the near-by bushes after the dastardly act.
They were all masked, he added, and so made it difficult for people to identify them.
He expressed suspicion that a long-standing dispute between the “northern side” of the town and its “southern side” may be behind Wednesday’s clashes.