Assemblyman, Others Remanded At Chereponi – Over Firearms Possession

The suspects

ASSEMBLYMAN FOR the Naja Electoral Area in the
Chereponi District of the North East Region, John Blanyani Yijun, and three
others – Kapooni Beyii, Mmugabit Bigmba and Ngisa Bawa – have been remanded in
prison custody by the Tamale High Court.

The court, presided over by Justice Richard M.
Kogyapwah, charged the four for possessing firearms and ammunition without a
valid permit.

Expected to reappear before court on June 11,
2019, they have pleaded not guilty to the charges.

Mr. Yijun is alleged to be the main supplier of
firearms and ammunition to his ethnic group (Konkombas) and that anytime the
security moved to seize the arms and ammunition, the accused relocated, a
situation which contributed to the escalation of the conflict between the two
feuding tribes.  This also obstructed the
police and military in the performance of their duties.

On 23rd May, 2019, the security
personnel had intelligence that the accused person was in a meeting with
village folks to distribute weapons to them and so the team moved to the scene
and in an attempt to arrest the accused, irate youth resisted and attacked the
team shooting at them. However, the team managed to arrest the accused person
and sent him to the police station, where he was later transferred to the
regional police CID for further investigations.

The three others were also arrested at Mababori
and Kwame Nandoni communities – both near Chereponi.

A search conducted on them after the arrest
revealed two single barrel guns and 46 cartridges.

In court, the lawyers of the accused persons
argued that their clients were forcibly accused of the allegations adding that
there were guns everywhere due to the conflict in Chereponi and that his
clients were arrested around where a gun was found lying down.

He pleaded with the court to grant his clients
bail and gave an assurance that if the bail demanded that the accused persons
should report daily to the police, he would ensure that was done.

The state attorney, Abdul-Quddus, argued that
the accused persons did not need to be present in Chereponi to cause mayhem and
pleaded with the court not to grant the accused persons bail.

Justice Kogyapwah, after listening to both lawyers, decided that since the situation in Chereponi was still sensitive, the accused persons should go to remand.

FROM Eric Kombat, Tamale 

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