The
Tano South Municipal Security Council has ordered the temporary closure
of the Bechem Central Mosque in the Tano South District of the Ahafo
Region. 

The
closure follows a security threat arising from a land dispute between
some Northern tribes in the Islamic Community in the Tano South District
Capital.

The Bono Regional Peace Council says it has started a process to restore peace between the feuding parties.

According
to the Tano South Municipal Security Council, MUSEC, a review of the
Security situation necessitated the closure of the Bechem Central
Mosque. 

Moslems have consequently been informed that there will be no prayers at the Bechem Central Mosque until further notice. 

In
a statement signed by the DCE and Chairman of MUSEC, Collins Takyi, the
Council apologized to Moslems for the inconvenience caused and urged
them to bear with it in the interest of peace. 

The
Bono Regional Secretary of the Peace Council, Suallah Abdullah Quandah,
in an interview with Radio Ghana, said the Peace Council is
facilitating dialogue between the feuding parties in pursuit of an
amicable settlement to the conflict.

He called on all Stakeholders to cooperate to ensure a successful peace restoration process.

GBC’s
Radio Ghana learnt that as part of its Conflict Early Warning System,
the Regional Peace Council alerted the Tano North Municipal Assembly of
the looming conflict in the capital. 

According
to the Peace Council, several allegations were leveled against
the late Bechem Chief Imam, Alhaji Gariba Ibrahim, and based on that,
the Council of Northern Tribal Chiefs suspended the Imam, describing him
as unfit to lead them in prayers. 

Plans to prevent him from leading prayers were expected to be resisted by his followers, which could lead to violence. 

This
prompted the Regional Peace Council to alert the Municipal Assembly
amidst calls for heightened security in and around the Central Mosque. 

At the centre of the dispute is alleged attempts by the Chief Imam, to aid a faction of the tribes in their bid to claim ownership of a piece of land regarded as the property of the entire Islamic Community.

Source: gbconline.com