Tamale: NDC supporters engage in gun war with the police
Youth believed to be sympathisers of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) on Thursday night engaged in a gun battle with the Tamale police when they were protesting against the declaration of the 2020Elections result.
The protesters were found burning tires and flags of the New Patriotic Party on the streets of Tamale.
The Northern Regional Crime Officer Superintendent, Bernard Baba Ananga has disclosed this narrated that, the incident happened after the former president John Dramani Mahama finished addressing the media around 9:40pm.
“Some people took to the streets of Tamale and started burning tires at intersections,” he said.
Supt Ananga stated that, when the incident came to their notice and realising it could escalate, they immediately mobilised to support the already limited number of police duty to patrol in the night to manage the situation after the election.
“More police were sent to the streets as the protesters also increased in numbers, and so, we had to go and clear the street but some of them resisted.”
“Some of them fired at us from unknown locations,” he said.
Citing “Changli” and “Tishegu” as some of the communities the firing was coming from, adding that, with the assistance of the military, they were able to overpower them.
Supt Ananga noted that, the guns that were used by the protesters sounded like that of machine guns, AK47, pistols and snippers.
He proceeded that, “when we tried to clear the burning tires off on the streets some hidden snippers fired at us again, which we also fired back.”
Supt Ananga indicated that, as the military increased their numbers, they were able to manage the whole township from Tamale to Savelugu.
“The situation was brought under control, and calm and peace was restored,” he added.
Supt Ananga further stated that they had not arrested anyone, but they had intensified preparation and surveillance to ensure the event is not repeated.
He, therefore, called on the public to work closely with the police to ensure stringent enforcement of law, adding that, “it is the only way the police can track down unscrupulous beings and trouble makers.”