The chief of Mamponteng in the Kwabre East Municipality of the Ashanti Region, Nana Saase Ayeboafo II, has called for peace in the community.
This follows bloody clashes between the Ashanti and Zongo youth groups in the community.
About four people were severely injured while several others sustained minor injuries.
Properties were also destroyed.
A team of police personnel has been deployed to the community to ensure peace is restored.
The chief has, however, met with the Assembly members in the community as well as the Zongo chief and the police over the incident.
While describing the incident as unfortunate in an interview with Kumasi FM’s Elisha Adarkwah, Nana Saase pleaded with the police to arrest members of the feuding groups.
Nana Saase also noted that some of the youth in the community and adjoining areas like Ahwiaa, Pankrono, Ntonso among others, have turned Mamponteng into a base for selling cocaine, weed, and tramadol.
He said he has decided to have a meeting with the police commander to find ways to eradicate crime from the community.
Nana Saase also advised the youth to stop peddling drugs and rather get decent jobs to do.
Meanwhile, the police have issued a statement saying it is investigating the clash and putting in place security measures to forestall reprisal attacks.
Read the full statement below:
POLICE INVESTIGATE CLASH BETWEEN THE ZONGO AND ASHANTI YOUTH IN MAMPONTENG
1. The Ashanti Regional Police Command is investigating a case involving some community members of Mamponteng regarding offensive conduct which occurred on December 27, 2021.
2. As a result, the Regional Police Command has intensified patrols and visibility at Mamponteng and its environs to avert any possible community-related violence.
3. Also, the Command is in contact with the chief of Mamponteng, opinion leaders as well as Assembly members for the Abenanse and Mamponteng Bronum electoral areas to assist the Police to help keep the peace and security as investigations are ongoing.
4. Meanwhile, the Regional Police Commander DCOP/Mr. Afful Boakye Yiadom, yesterday, December 28, 2021, paid a visit to one of the injured victims who is on admission at the Ankaase Methodist Faith Healing Hospital and responding to medical treatment. One other victim who is at the Peace Specialist Hospital, Mamponteng is also in stable condition and responding to treatment. Meanwhile, two victims have since been treated and discharged.
5. The Ashanti Regional Police Command urges the good people of Mamponteng to remain calm as we celebrate Christmas and to enjoy peace during this festive season.