[ 2012-06-15 ]
Abandoned Hohoe Zongo
Gbi Council soften stance on regalia ultimatum
The Gbi Traditional Council in Hohoe in the Volta
Region has softened its stance on a 48 hour
ultimatum given to Muslim youth to return stolen
regalia or face the consequences.
The decision follows intervention from
stakeholders including, the Regional Security
Council, the National Chief Imam as well as the
The Gbi Traditional Council issued the ultimatum
on Wednesday following attack by angry Muslim
youth on the Palace of Tobge Gaabusu.
The youth destroyed properties belonging to Togbe
Gaabusu and were alleged to have stolen regalia
from the Palace.
They were protesting the exhumation of their Imam
who was buried, Sunday.
Loyalists of Togbe Gaabusu in retaliation burnt
shops and houses owned by Muslims. Two people were
confirmed dead, with several thousands of people
displaced in the ensuing clashes, leading to the
imposition of a dusk-to-dawn curfew.
Peace brokers including the National Chief Imam,
the Regional Security Council as well as the GOC
of the Southern Command Brig General Martin
Ahiaglo went to Hohoe to intervene but that did
not stop the Gbi Traditional Council from issuing
the ultimatum for the return of the regalia.
With the deadline inching close, the few Muslim
residents in Hohoe are afraid of attack despite
the security presence in the area.
After a meeting by the Gbi Traditional Council,
Friday, Joy News’ Volta Region correspondent
Agbeko Ben Coffie reported the council has
rescinded its ultimatum it issued against the
Togbe Gaabusu is expected to go round the streets
of Hohoe to ascertain the extent of damage in the
Meanwhile, the Vice President John Mahama is
expected in Hohoe, Friday, Joy News has learnt.
He is expected to visit the feuding factions and
to assist with peace talks.
Source - MyjoyOnline
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